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Train on this course from the 2012 IFCS World Agility Championships! By Elizabeth Dott

While you are waiting for the 2012 IFCS World Agility Championships to begin on May 8th, check out this Jumping Individual course from the 2012 IFCS World Agility Championships. 

How can you use this course in training? Try running the course using the analysis below:

I would begin my lead out with my dog on my right. I would use a bit of pressure to push my dog to #3 as he is landing from obstacle #2 but then close my shoulders as soon as he is approaching the stanchion of #11, using my verbal left command to make it clear to my dog along with use of motion that I want him to make that turn to the left and not proceed out to #11.

With my dog on my right I would use my body and motion to turn to #4 making sure my motion carried my dog out to the correct tunnel entrance and away from the off-course tunnel. Once my dog was in the tunnel, there are two options. The first option is to blind cross the exit of the tunnel and send my dog through the weave poles off of my left side. At the end of the weaves I would use lateral motion to pull my dog to the right side of the tunnel #6. The other option, and the one I would most likely opt to do, is to keep my dog on my right through the weaves and use my motion and a bit of pressure to push my dog out to the right side of the tunnel #6.

I would opt to have my dog on my right after the tunnel to the long jump and then back to the #8 tunnel. I would make sure my shoulders were rotated straight and, once my dog cleared the long jump, I would use lateral motion to tell my dog to come in a bit for the tunnel instead of taking the off-course jump at #17. 
After my dog entered the tunnel at obstacle #8, I would then blind cross or front cross the tunnel exit, putting my dog on my right to avoid the off course jump at #3.

The #9 to #10 segment is a turn with my dog on my left to the right through the tire to the jump. As I approached #11 I would give my dog my collection cue using my inside hand to tell my dog he is turning. There are many ways to tell your dog they are collecting so use what works best for your dog. I want to make sure I am signaling collection before my dog is lifting for #11 so he can make the lead change needed to turn tightly to the right back to #12. Another option is to turn your dog to the left over #11 but I believe it will add a bit more yardage and your line to #12 out to #13 will not be as straight. Your dog might curl in a bit more before taking #13 if you do it this way. Turning the dog to the right will set better yardage and a straighter line out to #13.

From #13 to #15, with my dog on my right, I would make the turn into the tunnel. At the tunnel exit, I would blind cross or front cross to put my dog on my left back over the long jump down to #17 using lateral motion and making sure to close my shoulders a bit to the left so my dog does not feel any pressure to pop in to that off-course tunnel.

The handling of #17 to #18 would all depend on where I was on course when approaching that area. If I could get in front of my dog, I would push in past #17 for a tight front cross picking my dog up on the landing side and pushing him back to #18 using a push. After the push, I would like to bring my dog to the right maybe using a Ketschker turn (a front cross into a blind cross) to #19. Or you could send your dog left over #18 then around to #19. If I was behind my dog, I would work it as a threadle, pulling my dog in between #17 to #18, then wrap my dog to the right around #18 and out to #19.

Try these suggestions and let me know how they work for you!

This article is part of a new Training Tuesday series that is appearing on USDAA's facebook page. We encourage you to discuss this course on our facebook, and to upload videos of you and your dog trying out one of the segments or the whole course. If you have a facebook account, please join in the fun here: 

Elizabeth Dott owns and operates Legendary Agility Training in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She has been participating and competing in agility since 1993. She can be reached for class info or clinics at


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