Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday's class

Serpentines and lateral sends were the theme of yesterday's class. I jumped 8" but there weren't any doubles or triples in the set up for us to try out. We warmed up with some serpentine recalls to heel over one jump. Mom was glad we had been practicing those at home so we had no trouble. Then we did a weave exercise with lateral motion. Jenn had the handlers start close to their dogs at the entries and then move laterally away as the dog continued weaving. She moved the lateral distance farther and farther away but my weaves are super independent ( sorry but I have to brag a little!) and it was no problem for me!

Then we moved on to the actual sequences with serpentines. We discussed single-sided handling and side-change handling. A general rule is if after the serpentine you are heading to any obstacle that is on the same side as the serp entry, then single sided makes sense. If you need to go to an obstacle on the other side of the serp, then side change may work better - so a FMFC. Think about the tightest line possible to help your dog get through the serp. So recalling him at his jump height from the bar and good lateral motion can create tighter lines. The good lateral motion involves having a good send to the first jump in the serp. Handlers need to remember to keep their shoulders straight while moving laterally until the dog commits to the jump. Finally, the single-sided serp handling is a trained skill for the dog and it is appropriate to say the dog's name before he commits to the second jump (I think I have that part right?).

Besides traditional serpentines, we practiced doing the first two jumps and then having the dog come through between the 2nd and the 3rd. It's hard to explain but we made a video and here's what we tried to do:

1. Lead out, single-sided to pull through between the 2nd and 3rd jump of the serp
2. No lead out, regular 3 jumps single-sided serp
3. No lead out, pull through
4. Lead out, double front cross bringing dog between the 2nd and 3rd jump - this is a safer option and is what we would do in a trial
5. No lead out, double front cross
6. Serp from the other direction (sorry you couldn't see the weaves at the end)

I don't understand why the video is the correct size in the preview but when I publish the post, the video is too big. Silly. Sorry but to see the video properly, you have to double click on the center of it and watch it at YouTube.

Gotta zoom!



Diana said...

Ricky does have rock solid weaves. Im always impressed by that. Great teaching video , thanks. Ricky's jumping looks good too. Diana

Sara said...

Ricky you are looking much better jumping now! I'm so glad that you are feeling better.

Very fun stuff you are learning. I love serpentines! How cool to learn lots of different ways to approach them.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Such a zooooomer!

Khyra and The Golden Khousins

Priscilla said...

Clever you, Ricky!!!!
That really looks so fun! Wish we could do it with Eva, but too bad about her legs :(

Kathy said...

Ricky should be shouting from the rooftops bragging about his independance in the weaves-he has that down! and that deserve some bragging rights!!! Glad he got to show off his SKILZ last night!
Hope you know you are going to be at least half responsible for Crickets training, LOL, I downloaded your video to my ipod so we have those to practice when we get doing some serps! I have some of your stuff on my ipod and a lot printed out and stuck in with my foundation articles notebook of our working/training plans that we are following! YOU AND RICKY ROCK!

Sagira said...

Way to go Ricky! Are you doing the Sunbury trial?

Marie said...

I don't know how in the world I got so far behind in reading everyone's blogs! I'm glad you got to show off your weaving skills! They are awesome. Love the serpentine video too.