Here's the video I posted of Belle:
This is video of Dusty:
In running the course from the bonus line with Belle, it became very apparent that we have to work on "turn" some more. With Dusty, I want to eliminate head checking that was so noticeable after the jump #11 in the four jump pinwheel.
===================================================I went out this morning without the camera and worked on the rough spots. I finally came to the realization that I may not really want to train Dusty and Belle to go out a great distance as I stop moving. Stopping with Belle has a tendency to produce wrap or a tight turn, or, worse, a very confused dog who proceeds to the next obstacle without conviction.
Actually, this is similar to running up to the handler line in Chances and stopping. You've just given a very strong collection cue, yet what you really want is for the dog to go out away from you. You want obstacle focus and speed; not handler focus and collection.
This problem was much more noticeable when I was running the course with Belle and Dusty. I wanted to be able to send them into that pinwheel and be ready for the tricky bits that followed. Well, I can do that. But I may have to pass the plane of the first jump and support their path out to the second and third if I want to be clear in my handling. That still leaves me plenty of time to get in position to handle the tricky bit that's coming up. The more laterally distant I was from them, the better I handled it. But there was still room for improvement on my part even at a distance.