Saturday, June 24, 2017

Working on the 2017 IFCS WAC Individual Jumping Course

I decided to tackle this year's IFCS WAC Individual Jumping course.  Esteban Fernandezlopez analyzed the run-off run of Stanislov Kurochkin for the members of the Bad Dog Agility Academy, and I wanted to see if I could get where I needed to be on this course.  You can see Kurochkin's run here.

The red squares represent three critical handling positions.  A is for the threadle from 6 to 7,  B is for the threadle from 10 to 11, and C is for the #16 tunnel.  We worked on the course in sections throughout the day and then put it all together.

Friday, June 23, 2017

In May, Will and I went to a UKI trial judged by Eric Burknap.  There were three tunnel challenges in his courses that I wanted to set up and work on at home.  It took me more than a month to get around to it, but we finally had a chance to work on them today.  Here are the sequences we worked on.  Each contains the original challenge from the trial, and one of them contains an additional tunnel challenge.  Have fun.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Honing Our Long Jump Skills - Part 1

I joined Justine Davenport and Jessica Patterson's Shape Up or Ship Out group.  I was able to set up some of the courses from the first two lessons, but as winter settles in, I will have to content myself with just working some of the drills and skills when weather permits.  On the bright side, I'll have no shortage of courses to choose from come spring.

On the first course I set, Will had problems with the long jump.  The sequence was such that he ended up slicing it just a bit too much.  I decided to haul out my long jump today and work on some angled approaches and a right angle exit line.  Here's what I came up with:

We worked through the top set of sequences today.  (The bottom
set is simply the mirror image for us to work when weather permits.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tackling A Championship Course

I set up Tamas Traj's FCI Agility World Championships 2016 Team Agility Large and gave it a go with Willie.  As part of the Bad Dog Agility VIP program, Sarah Fernandezlopez analyzed Susan Garrett's handling of this course, and I felt it was something we could take a stab at.  Click here to see Susan's run.

Notes on Our Attemps:

I tried to run this as Susan Garrett did.  I didn’t know if Willie could handle the long LO, but he had no problem with it.  However, my timing for the teeter was late every time.  The first time I was so late, Willie ended up in the #14 tunnel.  I re-watched Susan’s run and discovered that I needed to place my BC after the teeter not before.  That will allow me to take less of a LO and draw a better line to the teeter.

#7 requires support as I run by or Willie will just come with me and take #8.

I wasn’t really expecting the turn out of the weaves to the tunnel to be a big deal.  Unfortunately, I only said “tunnel” on our first attempt.  (I would have sworn I said “switch, tunnel,” but the video clearly shows I didn’t.)  A directional is needed here since the tunnel is not in Willie's line of sight.

I thought getting to the other side of the DW after #12 would be a real foot race, but it was actually not hard.  (Susan had to resort to a RC at the #14 tunnel, I was able to do a BC.  If my #13 had been a wall instead of a panel jump, I might well have had to hang back to ensure Will took the wall and then use a RC at the #14 tunnel.)

The second time through, I tried to push for a BC between 20/21 and failed big time.  Should have just used a RC like I did the first time.  (SG managed to do a FC!!!)

P.S.  We ran this again later in the day so I could try blind crossing the teeter exit.  Much to my surprise that proved to be a little slower for us.