Much Ado

Much has been made about the performance of the tire. I’ve even heard the suggestion that at “today’s speeds” the tire is a dangerous obstacle. With this in mind I’ve always been careful with the tire to carefully condition an independent performance which includes a basic objective for the dog to square up in his approach for the performance.

The basic “conditioning” exercise (as in building a “conditioned” response) is the around the clock exercise. Note that the distance of the send from each of the clock positions is a matter of how advanced the work. When beginning the training the handler would obviously begin much closer with a smaller clock face.

The handler begins at 6:00 and gradually moves along the face of the clock. Note that by the time we get to the 9:00 position (on conversely, the 3:00 position on the other side. the dog really doesn’t have an open view of the aperture of the tire and must square himself up for the approach. Don’t expect the dog to actually understand this if you haven’t taught it to him.

The basic training of the tire allows the handler to direct the dog to the tire without fretting about squaring the approach. This exercise originally came from a discussion of the “control position”; which is a position the handler is obligated to gain for overall success of the mission. The answer, in this case, was to be alongside the dog as the dog arrives at jump #4 and, in the case of this exercise, the handler arrives at the jump with dog on left.

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2 Responses to “Much Ado”

  1. Peggy Rodinak Says:

    I understand teaching the “around the clock” to any of the jumps. But how would you teach a dog to square up to the jump on it’s own without having to use a lot of body language? (I am not one to be looking for “speed” so I have not had a problem making sure that my dog is safe especially where the tire is concerned.)

  2. Ronni Says:

    Cessna T-50
    Sky King

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