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Training Exercises: Snowman Series Part 2

Check out these exercises based on a winter-themed course layout. Courses by Leona Hellesvig.

Previously, we showed you several exercises that could be done on this cute snowman shaped course layout. Here are several more.

The layout:

Gamble practice:

Start at the line closest to the obstacles. Then try the more distant lines.

Threadle practice:

Threadles involve pulling the dog between to obstacles to take the next obstacle from the same side as the last one. The first threadle is from #5-#7 and the second is from #13-#15. If you have never done threadles before, take time to work this section before running the whole course. Learn more about threadles.

Weave practice:

Does your dog easily collect himself to tuck into the weaves? Or do you have to slow him down at first to help him get in correctly and stay in?

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:

Leona Hellesvig has been engaged in dog sports since toddlerhood.  She is very involved with junior handlers and 4-H in Minnesota.  When not participating in dog activities, Leona is an elementary school music teacher.


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