The Blind Approach and Other Foibles

A “blind approach” means that the dog has no natural path in a transition to the next obstacle, and so it must be shaped by the handler. Here’s an example:


The AKC Changing Course

Note that the AKC has disallowed pipe tunnel to A-frame transitions. The real problem is that most people don’t know how to do it… and it often creates an unsafe performance, or at least something that sucks the confidence out of a dog.


Note that the transition from pipe tunnel to A-frame is a “Blind” or “Managed” approach. I could show about anyone how to do it safely with their dogs. But, the AKC is so right. We are not in the age of the great handler.

A Riddle with Teacup Spacing


I would tend to take a Post & Tandem approach to jump #3, with a Tandem turn on the landing side of #3 only after the wrong course  line into the dummy pipe tunnel has evaporated. I’m going to save up a Back Cross at jump #7 to take advantage of the turn tightening attribute of the Back Cross to help solve the transition to the dogwalk.


Clearly the interesting moment in this sequence is the exit from the pipe tunnel at #7 tucking the dog neatly past jump #6 for an approach to the weave poles at #8.

I have about five more sequences based on this set of obstacles. But I have run out of time for today (I’m sorry! I went fishing.) You’ll have to use your imagination.

Angie and Skeeter



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