Proofing in Competition

Be clear from the onset that distance skills can be amazing and tantalizing. But on the technical courses you’re bound to encounter in any of the international-style agility organizations, using distance skills alone is a very tough way to make a living. It’s a lot like throwing cards into a hat on a windy day. Have fun, and be humble.

As promised we have set up the February 2017 NDAL 50×70 Fast & Fun league course. Note that the perimeter of the course is nothing but a big pinwheel, with some interesting set of obstacles stuffed into the middle.


The course calls for a couple solid absolute directional turns, and a good “Go On” in the big seven hurdle pinwheel.


I got to chuckle… I gave Kory a “Right” command on the turn from the A-frame to the pipe tunnel when it’s clearly a LEFT turn. But don’t you know he found what I did with my body (a solid technical Tandem) to be more compelling. That’s an important lesson all by itself.

Notes Aside

This is a continuing series of homework exercises for the up-and-coming distance seminar with Canine Manners in Broken Arrow, OK. We’ve got most of the foundation exercises

I’ll surely have more training snippets to add to this series. I’ve already described enough of a curriculum on which to spend a year or more with an individual dog. That might seem overwhelming; though I’ve never felt overwhelmed by having a focused plan for training my dog. It’s a lot like building a big brick wall. You start at the bottom and lay one row at a time. The only thing that stops the wall from being finished is for you to stop laying bricks. It will be done when it’s done. What’s the hurry?

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