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Training Tuesday: IFCS Style

In honor of this week's IFCS World Agility Championships, train on courses from last year's event. By Brenna Fender

Here are two Standard courses from the 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships. Use them to practice several important skills.

Course 1:

Practice your dog's "back-side of jumps" skills on this Agility Standard Individual course. Can your dog understand to take the back-side with only a verbal cue? If not, where do you need to be in order to show your dog where to go?

This is also a good course for practicing angled jumps. Can your dog leave the bars up when asked to slice a jump? If not, it might be time to go back to train more jumping skills.

Course 2:

Look at the weave pole entry on this Agility Standard Team Triathlon course! Does your dog have independent weave entry skills that will allow him to enter the poles properly without your help? If not, can you lead out far enough to assist him in the correct entry?

In the #8-#11 segment, how will you keep your dog on course? That off-course tunnel is right there.

Later, at #17-#20, can you direct your dog to the back-side of #19 if the dogwalk is on your right? Do you need to get on the other side of the dogwalk? If so, how are you going to do that?

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