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Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day! Part 3

More tunnel discrimination sequences that are great for your backyard or for your agility classes! By Elizabeth Dott

Today's Training Tuesday exercise is closely linked to last week's. It again works tunnel entrance discrimination as well as other handling skills. Renumber your Have a Nice Day course like this:

Let's start with the path indicated by the square obstacle numbers.

Begin with your dog on your left and use lateral motion to keep the dog out of the tunnel. An example of a lateral motion path is indicated on the course map.

You can vary your handling after #3 to get back to the tunnel. You can use a post turn (turning in place and having your dog turning with you) and simply wrap your dog through the box to #5 or you can try another Ketchsker turn (a front cross to a blind cross*) to bring your dog behind you to #4 and back out to #5. Ultimately, you would like your dog on your left as you send your dog back out to the tunnel for #6. After #6, you can try running to #7 and through #9 with your dog on your left or on your right.

The circle numbers exercise on the right side is a mirror image to the squares on the left. Run this exercise using the same skills as you did on the left side. Can you come up with something different? See how many different courses you can develop with utilizing tunnel discriminations and have fun!

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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