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October 30, 2019

Exercise: Backsides and Setting the Dog's Line

This is our last practice for the fall. This exercise will help you practice backsides and setting the dog's path to avoid off course jumps and obstacles.

May 01, 2019

Full Course: Westminster 2019 Finals

You may have watched the Westminster Finals course on TV in February and now you can try it out yourself. Here’s the AKC Standard course that was used in the finals. It’s a fast and fun course with some tricky areas. Teams of all levels and abilities will enjoy running all or parts of this course.

May 08, 2019

Full Course: Crufts 2019 Standard

This week we'll run a course that was used at Crufts in early March 2019 as a singles heat for all sizes: large, small, and medium. It’s a fast course with lots of direction changes.

May 15, 2019

Full Course: USDAA Biathlon Jumpers

This week we’re running a USDAA Biathlon Jumpers course. "Biathlons" are the most complex and challenging courses run in USDAA. You can run the entire course or just parts of it to choose your challenges. We will also number a slightly easier alternate version for teams that are not yet comfortable with backsides. 

June 12, 2019

Serpentines and Threadles

This practice uses a portion of an AKC Jumpers course, which features serpentines. We used this exercise last year and everyone enjoyed the challenge. The alternate course provides backsides and threadle practice.

May 29, 2019

USDAA Gamblers Course

This week we have a USDAA Advanced Gamblers course designed by Janet Gauntt. You get to design your own opening and then test your distance skills in the closing. Here's a link that explains the rules of the game:

May 22, 2019

Full Course: USDAA Advanced Snooker

This week we are running an Advanced Snooker course. If you’re not familiar with Snooker, here’s a link to an article from Clean Run that explains the rules.

Snooker allows you to design your own course to best suit your canine partner's strengths and to see how many points you can accumulate in the opening. This course uses jumps, tunnels and the A-Frame.

June 05, 2019

Tunnel/A-frame Discriminations

Here's a portion of a CPE Standard course that provides some practice in tunnel/A-frame discrimination. You will have a chance to practice which cues work best for you and your dog and how you can set the dog's line for the correct obstacle, despite the A-frame and 20' tunnel obstructing the handler's path.

June 26, 2019

Happy Hurdler Exercise (Ann Croft)

This week's practice uses a Happy Hurdler exercise from Ann Croft, which uses jumps and tunnels. You can break the course down into smaller sections or run one of the three complete courses to practice the skills at different levels. 

July 10, 2019

Exercise: Handling Cues for Jump Boxes

This week's exercise combines the handling cues required for boxes plus the speed added by a tunnel. You can run this drill with or without the dogwalk. 

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