Monday, April 12, 2010

Four Jumps - Backyard sequences Part Two

I went looking for some backyard type sequences to setup at the school this afternoon (55 degrees and brilliant sun) and there just aren't a lot of backyard type sequences out there...AgilityNerd has a really cool "boxwork generator" - but it wasn't quite what I was looking for today.

So I'm starting a new blog series called "Four Jumps" with sequences that can be challenging for dogs of all levels but are also easy enough to setup at parks, schools and in backyards. The concept is that you don't need a lot of equipment and that proofing and getting out is as important for most dogs as doing full sequences. I'd imagine that everyone can get their hands on four jumps (make them, these are a piece of cake!) or can find a couple of friends and everyone brings a jump :-)

The "Four Jump" series will go beyond boxwork and pinwheel sequences. Truly, what can you accomplish with only four jumps? The answer is a lot! I might add weaves or tunnels from time to time too. Ready? I am - it's a new challenge!

Note that I consider all of these sequences (for the entire series) to be "one stick" sequences - meaning you get one stick of cheese (one hotdog, etc) and that's it. When the cheese is done, you're done - break off play with your dog - PARTY!! This might mean that you spend 15 minutes setting up and then 5 minutes training - and that is both OK and preferred! I get about 20 pieces of reinforcement with a single stick of cheese. I also tend to use a toy (thrown) ahead and then either tug a bit or trade a food reward for the toy. BUT I have a dog that lives to retrieve and retrieving that toy is BIG fun!

There are a number of ways to handle this sequence. I started with Teller on my right and pulled him around the left side of #2. I found that I didn't quite have the distance I'd expected on the 270 from 3-4, and as a result had to move in past 3 to get #4. He wrapped #3 so tightly that he was able to commit to the wrong side of #4 as soon as he landed.

Teller was funny tonight when I asked him to do it again he BARKed at me!! Clearly having a good time though a little frustrated with me!  What did work better was a send to #3 push out to #4 and rear cross #6. When I (we) got it right he barked again! Teller is not a barker and it totally made me laugh. Two little elementary school kids watching us from the other side of the parking lot and my crazy golden is barking at me!!!

I lead out with Teller on my left here, front crossed #2-#3, kept him om my left for 4-5, front crossed after 5 and picked him up on my right after #6.

 I started this one on both my left and my right and felt like I had a better turn off #2 with a front cross and Teller on my right. And again a better (tighter) turn from #3 to #4. I tried both a fake front before 7 and a true front and found that I got the same line from Teller with both maneuvers.

We definitely need more 270 work where the second jump is sort of "out there". Who knows - that might be the next "Four Jumps".

Lastly, you may have noticed that I've started stamping my sequences with "" - I had resisted doing this for a long time but something happened that is forcing my hand on watermarking my sequences. I love that people are downloading and playing with my sequences. I hope you have as much fun as I've had with them - Please continue to download them, print them, set them up in your backyard and invite your friends over to play on them. Where I draw the line on my intellectual property is when one of my sequences is borrowed and reposted on another blog in its entirety without credit to the original source (me). In this case the borrower actually branded my content with their name - inserting their own watermark. The nature of the Internet is what it is - but try to be considerate of the content that you use and the source that it comes from.

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