Posted Date: June 24, 2014
Elizabeth Dott talks you through one possible path on this snooker course. Can you find more?
Let's train on a Snooker course today! This course came from the 2014 Southeastern Regional Championships.
Below I've described one path that will earn you a impressive 57 points (it only takes 37 to qualify). Try my path and then design your own. What path works best for your dog and earns you the most points?
First Red (light blue line)
Taking the red in the far right had bottom corner first, I would opt to lead out a bit, putting my dog at an angle for 7C with my dog on my left. With the dog still on my left, I would push out to 7a then bring my dog back to 7b, front crossing (changing sides while in front of my dog by turning in toward the dog) the jump to push my dog out for my next red jump on the lower left corner.
Second Red (red line)
Using a front cross to bring my dog around the second red, I want to stay on the inside to bring my dog to 7C. After 7C, I can either rear cross (crossing behind the dog) at the tunnel and call my dog back to me for 7B and then rear cross 7A so I am on the right side of the sequence, or drive out and front cross the left side of the tunnel to send to 7b and then front cross the end of 7A to turn my dog to my third red at the top left corner.
Third Red (purple line)
Then I would front cross red #3 at the top left corner to jump 6B with dog on my right and either front cross or blind cross (crossing in front of the dog while keeping my back to him) at the jump to set my dog up for the weave poles or blind cross the weave poles to pull my dog around for the last red in the upper right hand corner, keeping my dog on my left. (See purple line for path.)
Fourth Red (orange line)
Again, a front cross comes in handy to straighten my dog out for number 6A (weave poles) and another front cross to 6B after the weave poles and I can either simply turn and send my dog in the #2 tunnel for my closing or use a blind or front cross to signal the tunnel #2 to begin my closing sequence. (See orange line)
After my dog is in the tunnel #2, I can bring him out two ways for #3: I can use a simple pull as I am driving up the line for #3 using my side or close command to keep him off the #7b jump, (my dog would be on my right side), or I could front cross and call my dog to my left to make sure he does not see the off-course 7B jump. If my dog is on my right I have a nice path to the A-frame for #3, #4, and #5. If my dog is on my left, I will need a side change somewhere before #5 and would most likely opt to rear cross #4 or #5. With my dog on my right coming off of the A-frame, I would send him into the weaves and then front cross for jump #6B and either pull my dog into #7A or do another front cross to tighten up my line between #6B and #7A. For #7A, I could either pull my dog to #7B again or drive in and front cross the end of #7A, sending my dog out to #7B on my left and simply turning my dog back to #7C.
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 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: https://www.facebook.com/USDAA.
Elizabeth Dott owns Legendary Agility Training in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She has been competing with her dogs in agility for the past 21 years. She has put many championships on her dogs over the years and has competed at the regional and national level. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org