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Training Exercises: Analysis of a Masters Challenge Jumpers Course

Video and analysis by Steve Schwarz.

At the Fly Right Over trial, Flyer and I ran a fun and challenging Masters Challenge Jumpers course by judge Elizabeth Diehl. Big thanks to Beth for letting me share her course! I have to admit thinking it looked tough from looking at the course diagram:

The course was set very close to the diagram with just small tweaks and the last jump rotated to give dogs more room to land without jumping toward the ring gating.

Rather than giving a wordy text analysis of the different handling strategies I put together a Coach's Eye external link video showing them. Click here to see the video. (Use your back button to return to this page.)

If you want to see how it ran, check out my run with Flyer with some discussion afterward of what I did right and wrong.

If you are looking for a fun, fast, and challenging course, set up Beth's course for your next practice! It ran very smoothly and let me know areas where Flyer and I need more practice - just what I want from a trial course. Beth, thanks again for sharing!

This article is part of a new 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

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 USDAA, UKI, AKC, and CPE venues and has competed in NADAC and UKC. Steve writes the longest running dog agility blog, AgilityNerd, with regular entries and videos on agility training, handling, and course analysis.

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