Backyard Agility Exercise #1: Clarification
Due to some comments that suggested that yesterday’s drawings were hard to follow, I re-did this drawing to try and clarify the purpose of this exercise. In this drawing, the blue represents the path that the dog wants to follow. As the dog is exiting the tunnel, the first thing that he sees is the trap/decoy jump to the left of jump #6. So naturally, the dog is going to be drawn to that decoy jump. That’s when the handler has to step in and grab the dog’s attention before the he decides to take the decoy jump and subsequently go off-course. My path is represented by the orange. When running Diesel, I execute a front cross as Diesel is exiting the tunnel and quickly regain his attention by saying “Here!” as I pull him in towards me (and towards jump #6). The purple represents the correct path that the dog should follow in this exercise.
And to further demonstrate a front cross (what I used with Diesel) and a blind cross (what I used with Evee), see seconds 0:10-0:18 of the video below (starring Justin and Miss Kylie). As mentioned yesterday, crosses are handling maneuvers in which the handler changes from one side of the dog to the other all while the dog continues his forward motion. A front cross is when the handler changes sides in front of the dog’s angle of motion and a blind cross is when the handler crosses in front of the dog’s path, all while keeping his/her back to the dog.
So, was this post easier to follow? Hopefully the updated drawing and the crosses demonstrated in the video clarify what I was trying to convey yesterday. I appreciate the feedback! 🙂