Handler’s Path

This discussion relates to our training plan for the week, which will be published in JFF Notebook #31 (around the first of the year). Each week we have a featured game for league play. It is my habit to build the lesson plan around the set of equipment.

There’s a little bit that caught my eye in this week’s lesson plan. If you take a good look at the sequence here there’s a fair chance that the dog will take a wrong course to the dummy-tire alongside jump #3.

There are a variety of ways we can phrase the discussion. But I find that one of the fundamental skills the handler needs to understand is his own path. The dog draws a great deal of information from the direction the handler is moving.

In the failed movement the handler is out of position in order to conduct his Cross. A Front Cross is not a bad option at all. But this handler has failed to understand that his own path will cue the dog to direction. Take note of a couple of the Laws of a Dog in Motion ~ A dog moves in a path parallel to the handlers path; A dog ahead tends to curl back to the handler.

The handler’s path must necessarily be a sharp line along the left edges of the two jumps following the collapsed tunnel. So after the dog is in the tunnel it’s the handler’s job to get up to that corner in order to conduct the Cross.

The devil is in the details.

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