AG370: The Dark Side of the Jump

Instructor: Ashley Deacon

Course Details

Until recently “back of the jump” challenges appeared predominantly on international style courses. However, these types of challenges are becoming more common on domestic agility courses, especially at the highest levels in AKC and USDAA. Dogs and handlers need a variety of skills to handle these challenges smoothly and efficiently. This course will help you and your dog master back-of-the-jump challenges. The course will start from the ground up teaching your dog how to navigate the backside of the jump, prepare for take-off and turn efficiently. We will build independence so that you can send your dog to the backside of the jump - allowing your to handle downstream course elements optimally. Finally we will practice a set of back-of-the-jump handling skills that will expand your agility toolkit. We will focus on clear body language so that you and your dog can communicate well and so that your dog will respond quickly to your cues. 


This class has been canceled for the October session.

Enrollment limits: 15 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.


Overview of back-of-the jump challenges.

Navigating the back-of-the-jump and preparing for take-off

Building confidence - jumping towards you

Building independence - sending to the back of the jump

Introducing a handler focus cue

Back-of-the-jump wraps with front-crosses and blind-crosses

Back-of-the-jump sends with landing side front-crosses

Drag-throughs, forced front-crosses 

Forced blind-crosses, forced Jaako-turns

Serpentine and German-turns

Prerequisites and Equipment

All dogs must be familiar with jumps and tunnels (do not need to be jumping full height).

This course can be conducted in a small space: optimally 5 jumps (3 jumps minimum) and one 15' tunnel will be used. 40’ x 30’ space max required.