Because contact equipment is so heavy, I absolutely hate setting up standard courses. However, I did want to spend some training time this year on improving Willie's A frame and dog walk performances. The other day, we ran a course that had two challenges we couldn't meet with my limited mobility. The first challenge was AF to the tire, and the second was table to the weaves. Here's a photo of the section of course in question.
The approach to the AF is from the left, and it is a fast approach from a chute. I layered the jump and table and stopped between the table and the tire before releasing Will to the tire. Despite out-stretched arm and foot, Will took the table. The only way I could get him to take the tire was to actually take a step toward it as I released him, but I'd really like him to also be able to take it with a verbal and my static body cues.
The second problem was the weave poles after the table. I wanted to layer the tire so I could get a head start on the DW which is off-screen to the right. What I got was a lot of barking and spinning. I was really, really surprised by this, since I thought Willie's weave entrances were pretty much rock solid. Apparently, this is a little varation we will have to work on.
I designed this course for working on these two issues, plus our contact performances.
I ended up adding a couple of jumps so that we could go from AF to DW. The teeter is rather a dead end, but since its not really as big a problem for us as the DW and AF, I'm okay with that. I suppose if the teeter were a bigger issue, I could put it where the AF is on this course. Here's one sequence we ran this morning.