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Backyard Dogs Practice Sequences – 2018 May

Backyard Dogs Practice Sequences – 2018 May
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This is an expanded version of my Backyard Dogs article originally published in the May 2018 issue of CleanRun.

For this month’s Backyard Dogs exercises I created sequences to work on improving entrances, exits, and handling on the way in and out of the weaves.
My young dog Snap! is weaving 6 poles and this was a great opportunity to add to his skills as well as testing how far my more experienced Flyer and I can go!
I also have some sequences where you can work on moving with your dog past the weaves.
Somehow I turned Flyer into a “weave seeking missile” and I now include this skill in our practices.

The weaves are physically demanding on our dogs so I try not to do too many repetitions in any training session. So work on these spread across many training sessions.

Here is the equipment layout in a 40 ft x 50 ft space in English and Metric coordinates:

Couse Setup Diagram in Metric units

Here is the equipment layout using a full set of weaves in a larger 50 ft x 50 ft space in English and Metric coordinates:

Couse Setup Diagram for a 50 x 50 space in English unitsCouse Setup Diagram for a 50 x 50 space in Metric units

Let’s get to work:
Download a PDF of all 9 sequences on a single page

The sequences increase in difficulty with the later ones including threadles [MEBThreadleHandling, Threadle, ThreadleHandling, ThreadleBackSides, SingleSidedThreadleHandling] and back side [BackSide, ThreadleBackSides, BackSideOneJumpHandling, QuadBackSide] jump approaches.

When you are working on these sequences challenge yourself by turning your dog both directions around the jump preceding the weaves when its a jump wrap.
It will change your handling on the way in and out of the wrap.
Similarly, if a sequence calls for a change of sides at the weaves, can you front [LearningFrontCross, FrontCross], rear [RearCross, LearningRearCross], and blind cross on both the entrance and exit of the weaves?

I’ll always challenge you to develop the skills to not just “get through” a sequence, but to be able to master it using as many techniques as possible.

Run Clean, Run Fast, Run Fun!

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