Keeping it Novice

I'm a little bewildered at all of the people I see doing crazy 1000x wrap sequences with their young/Novice dogs, when I'm just working on pinwheels with Chispa. When I'm not feeling confident, I wonder that I'm behind, that I should be doing all that crazy spinning wrapping stuff with my 18 month old puppy (yes, still a puppy). But, that lasts about a nanosecond – there's really no need to do that with her when she still barely has the forward focus to get through a Novice AKC course. It's not like our learning as a team is going to stop and I need to cram that info in NOW OR NEVER. Crawl, then walk, then trot, then run. We'll get where we get, as my skill and her ability allow for.

So, with that in mind, here are some sequences we've been working on at home recently (you'll need to be logged in and a subscriber to view, because these sequences are part of the 2017 Agility Challenge September Handling Challenge).

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