Instructor: Ashley Deacon
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