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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Finally some agility training!

It didn't rain today! So I took the chance to go out and do some training. After running the course I set up yesterday with Hex and Zen, I was running out of inspiration. So I set up this two jump exercise that I had seen on two blogs that I read. It was originally posted by Bud Houston on www.agilityvision.com as something called a "Minuet". Basically the idea was small sequences that you can repeat over and over and then see how many you can do in 50 seconds. The idea is that by repeating an exercise you can sometimes get away with small handler errors at first; but then they start to compound after a few repetitions!

I then saw a post on another blog called The Agility Nerd. In this post the Agility Nerd has some videos of different ways to handle this sequence. I liked the idea and set it up for my dogs. Lisa stoppped by and I asked her to video for me.

Here is the course. Not very long as you can see! Once you try each handling method; make sure you run it the opposite way so the dog works on turns both ways. Lisa also ran Chi over the sequences and I hope to get his video up later! For now, here is Hex!


Karen said...

I tried this today, with Jess its a great exercise, god how I hate running blind.

Hudsondoglets said...

Me too! And yes, I can vouch for the fact that you get very dizzy doing the pivot turns, and you feel sick and you fall over and you bump into the oak tree!

Johanna said...

Hex is looking in top form :o) We will try the exercise tomorrow at Kirstens. :o)

Mary-Anne & the US cousins said...

Both dogs look great!

I'll have to try that exercise - though I can't see myself attempting the blind cross variation on any run that I really care about :)!

Chi (Obay Truly Focused) said...

Woot! go Hex go! Such a gr8 excersice thanks for sharing :)