This is the third installment in a series of training exercises based on a course map in which the layout is bug-shaped. Read part 1 and part 2.
Switching things up a bit from the previous week, today we start at the other tunnel. A handling decision is needed right away to get the same-side entry on the second tunnel for #2. The dogs previously went straight to the weaves, but this time they go between the tunnel and the weaves to the #3, #4, and #5 jumps.
The straight tunnel is #6. Out of that tunnel, the dogs go to an unexpected side of the #7 jump. How will you handle that? Perhaps you'll front cross (turning into your dog to change sides while in front of him) between the tunnel and the jump, or maybe you let your dog drift around the far wing and take it that way. Maybe you can think of other handling options. Try them all!
While #8 seems like a "gimme," how are you getting to #9, the tunnel? The weaves are #10 and, sorry, don't take the tunnel at the end of the weaves. Instead, you go to jumps #11-#16 before you do tunnels again and, when you do, you get two of them. Woo hoo!
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Deborah Davidson Harpur has been competing in agility since 1999 and is known as a handler of a wide variety of breeds of all shapes and sizes. She offers agility training classes in the Port of Los Angeles area for both recreational and competitive agility students. You can find her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deborah.davidsonharpur or read about her dogs at pm2dogagility.com.