Sunday, December 23, 2012

Long Time, No Write

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted regarding agility.  As some of you know, Belle has been experiencing slight lameness in her fore.  I put away all the agility equipment except the hoops a couple of months ago, and switched to working Belle on the hoops just three or four times a week instead of daily.  I've been keeping her busy mentally with more freestyle training.  I decided to see if resting her made a difference, so I journeyed to the QCDC a couple of weeks ago for a JWW run thru.

I got carried away, and we ended up running the course three times, but Belle showed no lameness the next day!!! 

I wanted to share this section of the course with you.  There is a decision to be made at the wingless bar in the lower left corner.  Wrap right or wrap left?  My decision (and that of most of the handlers) was to wrap right.  However, a consequence of doing so was that the dog lands long after the winged jump and has an ugly line to the following jumps.  Notice how much nicer the line is if the dog wraps left.  One dog had a distinct preference for doing just that (much to the surprise of her handler).

On our second attempt, I wrapped Belle to the left, but she then back-jumped the wingless jump.  Hmmm?  Okay, let's analyze this.  The dog will tend to wrap right because that is the lead she is on.  A verbal cue to wrap left would cause her to change leads, as will the handler moving toward the left upright.  Unfortunately, if the handler moves toward the left upright of the winged jump that follows too soon, she risks pulling her dog into a back-jump of the wingless jump.

Notice on the video that when Belle and I go back to try wrapping the wingless jump left the second time, her wrap is not very tight.  But that is fine since she is still in a much better position after the winged jump to take the following two jumps.


  1. Glad to see you back. I was starting to worry about you and the dogs! Merry Christmas.

  2. I´m also glad to see you back. I thought the same as Kathy.
    Wish you a Merry Christmas.