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AgilityNerd: Small Space Front/Rear Cross Seminar Sequences

Some smaller space sequences designed by Steve Schwarz AKA AgilityNerd.


by Steve Schwarz

This blog was first published at http://agilitynerd.com/blog/agility/courses/steve/steve-seminar-crosses-small-space.html. Reprinted with kind permission of Steve Schwarz.

I'm back from teaching a fun weekend of seminars with Talcott Mountain Agility Club external link in Manchester, CT and thought I'd share the smaller space sequences I designed with you! The facility was 45' by 60' and all you need are some jumps and one or two tunnels.

When I teach this seminar I focus on the team's execution; I want clean, clear execution, with the handler using their cues and moving on as their dog is committed to the obstacle. So if you set these up those are good things to focus on! Don't worry about completing the sequences; it's your execution that matters.

In the course setup below I used 4 foot bars and 1 foot jump wings. I definitely tweaked the jump locations to suit my needs, don't be afraid to make changes:

[Obstacle Legend]

Here's the Front Cross [FrontCross, LearningFrontCross] sequence:

I specify the handling I want the handlers to use so they can work on wrapping [360JumpWrapHandling, JumpWrapHandling, JumpWrap, JumpWrapNotes] their dogs to the right and the left, crossing on the flat, and locating their crosses along the Front Cross Line [UsingHandlerLine, HandlerLine].

  1. Start dog on right, minimal lead out if necessary.
  2. At 2 wrap dog to their left.
  3. At 3 wrap dog to their right.
  4. Dog on right 4-5.
  5. Front cross between 5-6 on approach side of 6. Also practice on landing side of 6.
  6. Front cross over jump 8 (handler on landing side of 8).
  7. Dog on right 9-11.
  8. At 11 wrap dog to their left.
  9. Front cross between 13-14.
  10. Front cross between 15-16.

Here's the Rear Crosses [LearningRearCross, RearCross] sequence:

Just like for the front cross sequence, I'll have the handlers do every possible Rear Cross [LearningRearCross, RearCross]:

  1. Start dog on left.
  2. Rear cross approach of 2.
  3. Shoulder Pull [LearningPostTurn, PostTurn] 3-4 to setup:
  4. Rear cross 4-5.
  5. Rear cross 6-7.
  6. Rear cross wrap 9 (turn dog to their right).
  7. Rear cross wrap 11 (turn dog to their left).
  8. Rear cross 13-14.
  9. Rear cross 14-15.

Here's a sequence I use so handlers can use their choice of front and rear crosses:

I hope you set these up and have some fun and challenges running them!


Steve Schwarz has been training and competing in agility and flyball since 1997. He focuses on helping handlers improve their communication with their dogs on course in a positive and light hearted manner. Steve brings an analytical approach from his engineering background to the study and training of agility.

In order to stay knowledgeable about current agility training techniques, Steve trains regularly with top agility handlers and attends multiple dog and agility training seminars each year. Steve competes in AKC, USDAA, UKI, and CPE venues and has competed in NADAC and UKC.

Steve also writes the longest running dog agility blog: AgilityNerd with regular articles and videos on agility training, handling, and course analysis.

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