The winds have abated somewhat, so I was able to set up a Chances course in preparation for this weekend's NADAC trial.
The hardest part of this course is getting to the #7 jump. On my first attempt with Dusty, I ended up against the back line after completing the serpentine, and was unable to move in the direction of #7 when he exited the tunnel. The second time, I made sure I had the room to move. Unfortunately, I failed to plan for handler movement toward the tunnel after #9. However, to my surprise, Dusty continued on to the tunnel with verbal urging and a couple of arm pushes.
Since this course included a couple of bonus lines, I gave it a whirl with Belle. I was expecting the turn from #3 to #4 to be difficult, and it was. I didn't think #7 would be that much of a problem since I certainly had room to push forward. However, sometimes timing is everything, and I was dismayed to see how late I was in my send to #7 with both dogs.
One last thing to look for in the video. When Belle and I finally make it through the whole run successfully, notice that I am bending forward as she finishes the dog walk. At the time, I wondered why she failed to stop. However, now I know. The best way to reinforce a stopped contact is to stand up straight. Bending forward is an acceleration cue. That's why sometimes it works when you run out of running room in Chances or Gamblers.