I used a novice jumpers course map from 2000 and set up a course with hoops to work on handling and distance with the Aussies. This is the course I wanted to set, but I was pressed for time, so I just eyeballed the placement of the hoops.
Although I've been working for years with each of the Aussies, when I train, I concentrate on different things with each dog. With Belle, I'm primarily interested in increasing her speed and improving my ability to communicate with her at a distance. With Dusty, just getting to the start line is part of the training process. I want him to come to the line without barking and leaping and twirling. When he's running, I want him to run without head-checking or barking at me, which means I have to really concentrate on my timing. Despite appearances, Libby is a soft dog who has shut down in trial settings two or three times in her agility career. The last time was three years ago, and I have not trialed with her since. When I bring her out to "train," I'm interested in making agility fun and keeping her motivated. Therefore, I usually don't react to mistakes, and I spend a lot of time playing tug with her.