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Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day! Part 2

Work tunnel discriminations and more! By Elizabeth Dott

This week (and next!) we are working on tunnel discriminations. We will have one course set up each each (based on the same "Have a Nice Day" layout) with two separate exercises to work on. Both exercises have two sides to them, one done to the left and one to the right. Light circles are the exercises to the right and dark circles are the exercises to the left. 

Side #1: Right Side Circles

Have your dog on your left through the box. After jump #3 use your lateral motion and start moving sideways to #4 to keep your dog off of the tunnel. You want to stay on the take-off side of #3 and not drive forward towards the tunnel. When your dog has landed, you can pick him up on your right for a tight wrap and then move between #4 and #5 to send him out to the tunnel. Or, you can use a Ketschker turn (a front cross, where you turn in to your dog to change sides, into a blind cross, where you turn your back to your dog to change sides) and throw your dog around the back side of your body after #4 to send him off your left side into the tunnel. After #5, try working either side of the line by either keeping your dog on your left side back to #7 or trying a front or blind cross out of the right side of the tunnel, putting your dog on your right side for #6 and #7. 

Side #2: Left Side Circles

This is basically a mirror image of the exercise you did on the right side but now you are turning your dog the opposite way. Start with your dog on your right this time, using lateral motion to keep them out of the tunnel. Use your wrap or Ketchker to bring your dog around #4 back to the tunnel and again try working both sides of the line out to #7.

This article is part of USDAA's 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 your class or training group playing this game. If you have a facebook account, please join in the fun here:

Elizabeth Dott has been competing in agility since 1993. She owns Legendary Agility Training (named after her heart dog, Legend) in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She has competed at the national Level and has put several championships on her dogs over the years. She has also helped many of her students achieve their own championships as well. In addition, Elizabeth runs Legendary Dog Designs and makes custom collars and leashes with agility in mind. She can be reached for questions or classes at


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