Specialty Hurdles

Too often in class we fail to bring out the specialty hurdles. Oh, we might have a tire out there, but not the double, the triple, the panel jump, and the long jump.

This weekend we’ll have out the long jump… a hurdle associated with play in the AKC, and in the USDAA Novice class… and in the USDAA Steeplechase event. The long jump, as the name implies, is a jump that requires depth in the dog’s jump rather than height.

In this sequence I’ll be asking my students to direct their dogs to the long jump from a lateral distance. The dog’s job is to get over the obstacle without stepping on one of the mid-planks and without dislodging either of the end-planks.

A dog that steps on a mid-plank needs to be reintroduced to the obstacle. Our method is too initially set the planks on edge so that there is no flat piece on which the dog can put his paw. And then one plank at a time we’ll set them aright. And for each successful repetition the clever dog trainer will mark and reward the performance. Note that we’re not so interested in running the entire sequence as we are in teaching the dog his job.

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

What is this plant? And, what is the common danger associated with it?

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5 Responses to “Specialty Hurdles”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Looks like the nightshade I rip out of my backyard every spring….i

    It is toxic!!

    • Debbie Says:

      It does look like nightshade, but notice each flower has a protuberance. Nightshade flowers don’t have that appendage.

  2. Deb Says:

    Larkspur. Larkspur causes heavy cattle losses in western range states because it’s palatable when young, and mixes in with pasture grass.

    Found it by doing a google search on purple flower spur danger

  3. Deb Says:

    …and btw I knew the multiflora rose answer, just figured someone else would ring in before me. Grew up with the stuff – it was / still is a big nuisance in northern WV.

  4. Michelle Says:

    Bud, I’d love to see some of the specialty hurdles in TDAA, especially the double or triple. Even the broad jump. I do think we could include them. Also I’d like to see some brush jumps or window jumps.

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