Around-the-Clock Advanced Work

We are programmed to move in a path parallel to the dog’s path.

This is a simple and rational approach to handling. It is one of the “Laws of a Dog in Motion”: The dog tends to work in a path parallel to the handler’s path.

When the handler isn’t moving he is upon no path. Consequently the dog has no path to parallel. When the handler is standing still things begin to unravel, if he doesn’t understand what direction he should face.

In our advanced “around the clock” work the handler practices: a) not moving, and b) facing in the direction and towards the obstacle that the dog is to perform. You’ll note in this set of obstacles the handler’s position is equidistant between the obstacles; about 20 feet, give or take.

When doing around the clock training with a dog the handler should understand that the size of the clock-face increases as the dog becomes more skilled; and should be smaller for the more novice dog.

The handler will make his presentation of the obstacles simply by facing the desired/intended obstacle as the dog works. Remember to have the lead hand up (in obstacle focus); and don’t be shy to take a small step to apply pressure.

In this sequence the handler initially faces jump #1 (with dog & handler at the 6 O’clock position; then, as the dog wraps around in the turn, the handler will face the next obstacle (with handler at 3 O’clock and dog more at 2 O’clock.

Note that the dog most likely will turn to the side that the handler was working when making the send. But if the dog turns the opposite direction the handler/dog trainer shouldn’t be too mental about the event and should still support the dog’s approach to the next obstacle.

We should practice turning and giving distance pressure from both directions.

The escalation of the exercise will incorporate more elaborate sequencing. Remember that the handler is not moving and has only the direction he is facing (and verbal cues) to direct the dog. In this sequence there’s a real possibility that the handler’s ambiguous pressure could put the dog back into the #1 pipe tunnel as it is so near to the #2 jump as to constitute a discrimination.

Many handlers give a lot of practice to handling the serpentine from one side. They should shine in this exercise. Note that it may be good dog training; but it is not always good handling.

Okay, this one will be hard. The handler will need a good absolute directional after jump #4 to sell the turn to the weave poles.

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Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

Shakespeare misquoted: “A coward dies a thousand deaths… ” Please cite the (entire) correct quotation.


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5 Responses to “Around-the-Clock Advanced Work”

  1. Angie F. Says:

    Lucretia (from Rome)….”This dreadful scene struck the Romans who were present with so much horror and compassion that they all cried out with one voice that they would rather die a thousand deaths in defence of their liberty than suffer such outrages to be committed by the tyrants.”

    • budhouston Says:

      I think you’re in the ball-park… but I had to go back and edit the question (and give more of a googlable tip) to point towards the passage that’s (actually) most often misquoted.


      ps Hey… I saw Barton Fink on the tele today!

  2. deborahauer Says:

    The correct quote:

    “Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once. ”

    Julius Caesar

  3. Natalie Russell Says:

    The actual line is “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” ~Julius Caesar

  4. Angie F. Says:

    A classic most definitely!

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