Goal: Exercise Two builds upon Exercise One. In this lesson you will work with your dog’s speed, increase the height of the bars and execute one threadle.
Equipment: 2 Tunnels, 4 Jumps, bright bold coloured jump bars. Over time you will consider adding other forms of jumps, ie; panel, double, triple. You may use toys or cookies as your reward. Video camera.
Suggested Training Area Size: 80’ x 25’ (25m x 8 m)
Set Up Details: Start with a basic winged jump and set up as outlined in the course map below. In this video, the jumps are set at a distance of: 15’ (5m) and jump bar height is set for 14”. In this sequence, you will set up the minimum distance between jumps for the current venue you are competing in.
Step 1: Warm UP! We suggest 10-15 minutes of trotting your dog or allowing free play while you set your sequence. Add body awareness exercises and one jump exercises to your warm up. Warm up is a very important part of Handling360 and injury prevention for you and your canine.
Step 2: White Circles. You may choose to stop and reward at any point in these sequences. This exercise works speed, height and one threadle. You will use all your words on this sequence and be aware that at jump 6 your dog will be on a angle crossing the bar and may make jumps 7 and 8 in the sequence a challenge for your dog.
Step 3: White Squares. This exercise works speed, height and one threadle. You will use all your words on this sequence and be aware that at jump 6 your dog will be on a angle crossing the bar and may make jumps 7 and 8 in the sequence a challenge for your dog. You will prepare your dog for the threadle 8 to 9 by using a “sprinkler” TsTs cue at 8 to prepare your dog for the threadle “h-e-r-r-e” cue to the tunnel.
A Game within a Game: A Mistake is an Opportunity to Reward! If your dog misses a jump. You will stop and restart at the jump preceding the error and start the sequence again. Attempt again the area where the error occurred, if your dog is successful stop and reward celebrating the adjustment the dog made to be successful. Carry on with your original sequence.
A Game within a Game: Tunnel Game You may choose to reward tight turns out of tunnels. In this sequence by calling your dogs name as he goes in and rewarding them at the tunnel for turning tight towards you.
A Game within a Game: Bars Additional to this game from the previous lesson, if your dog wants to circle the jump we will not accommodate their behaviour by hurrying the process of putting up the bar. Taking our time will add response cost to the behaviour of circling the jump. We will again carry on with the process of asking the dog to take the jump again and reward with praise and pats. Start the sequence again this time if the bar stays up, stop and celebrate the bar staying up with great enthusiasm and with a toy or food.