So, I’m going to leave this comment here as a ‘pinned’ comment – my timing has gotten SO much better over the years, since I filmed these with Solar! I expect YOUR timing to be better than mine in the demonstration video (and I will be posting updated videos with Chispa and Frodo ASAP). BUT, it’s good to remember the gold standard for blind crosses – FINISH it in time to see the dog LIFT for the jump behind you. Look how LATE my blind is!! I *should* have been initiating it as Solar was landing one, because that’s when… Read more »
Hi, Daisy, here is our video of this drill here is a video of the same session, but from another perspective (you needn’t watch both but maybe it’s better to judge the correct performance of this drill from a side view, so I include this one here) For me this was the most complicated drill of lesson two. As with the FC with collection cues, Linda’s comment on your video was rather confusing than really helpful, so I mostly referred to the pdf for correct performance. I still don’t know if I got it right. This looking back over my… Read more »
@Sabine There’s always room for improvement. Just look how LATE my blind cross is with Solar – no way did I finish it in time to see him LIFT for two behind me. Ouch 🙂 I’ll watch both videos at the same time so I can comment on each trial. TRIAL 1 – The blind cross here looked fine BUT you have to report if you saw Dizzy lift for two behind you for it to be a ⭐️blind cross. And, there’s a lot of extra motion toward the off course jump as he’s lifting for 3 – by the… Read more »
Thank you @Daisy Peel for another very helpful feedback! I think, now I got a very clear picture in mind what this drill looks like and your 3 points to remember are of GREAT help 🙂 Now we “only” have to take it to the agility course 😉 Whilst you are in Kristianstad (lucky you 🙂 ) I will give Dizzy a short brake from this drill (they are really very exhausting and we are competing, too, on this weekend) and will have to practise these on my own, without my dogs. Running on a straight line while doing a… Read more »
Excellent! I’m glad that it is clear. As for Sweden, yes, I am getting excited to represent my country at the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
(edited by daisy to remove duplicate videos) This drill was rather hard for me and I’m not quite sure if I got it right. Again, Linda’s comment on your video was rather confusing than helpful, so I mostly relied on the pdf for how to perform it. I had much troubles not to run into Dizzy’s line (again! and to do the BC without the arm change. Also correct timing was an issue and I never managed to get far enough beyond the wing of #3 to cue #3 without taking the recommended steps backwards. Trial 2 was very interesting… Read more »
@Sabine I deleted the videos from the comment above as they were posted in another comment here. I’ll leave my evaluation on the videos under THAT comment 🙂
Sorry for posting twice, but for some reason my first submission didn’t show up, so I thought it had gone lost 😉
Thank you for your patience!
No problem 🙂
Here is our blended blind.
@ClairePutman You can feel free to show more attempts if you like – I don’t want videos that are more than a couple of minutes long, but one or two attempts is often not quite enough 😉 FIRST ATTEMPT – This one looks pretty good! I think you can finish the blind cross a bit earlier – remember that a gold star blind cross is one where you finish it in time to look back to see the dog LIFT behind you on the jump. Your front cross here looks good – no wasted motion toward the camera at that… Read more »
Hi Daisy. I only submitted one attempt before and you said you can get a better picture with more attempts. Thanks
@ClairePutman Attempt 1 – good! Attempt 2 – your blind finished up a tiny bit late; make sure you finish it early enough to see Andy lifting behind you 🙂 Attempt 3 – blind was late, and then rotation for the front was also late 🙂 Finish the blind to see him lift for 2 behind you, and then immediately start rotating for the front as he is landing 2 and heading to 3 Attempt 4 – blind a bit late still but the rotation for the front was fine Attempt 5 – Saved the best for last 🙂 This… Read more »
Moo got less and less reliable with his line on 1-2 from the tunnel so my timing got worse each time as I found myself being lame and babysitting. He was getting really predictive of side changes at 2, winging in or around. I’m trying to vary the drills with other sequences but he seems too wise to the whole jump-jump-side change. Suggestions anyone?
@Shenna Lemche Well, this is basically boxwork, so it’s ok if the dog anticipates some, that’s kind of the point 🙂 But, you can always just keep running forward and have him chase you for a toy or something, or push him to the back of 3 or something like that 🙂 Attempt 1 – you’re still moving toward the pink off course jump as you’re doing the front cross at the white jump. Ideally, be far enough ahead that as you’re finishing the front you’re only showing motion toward 4, not backing up toward the off course jump Attempt… Read more »
Here are a few attempts at this, had the same problem as FC to BC with him not wanting to come through the gap. A few bars on this, I didn’t think I was dipping into his path, but maybe I was….he may have just been getting a little tired. I try to always stop for bars, but missed one here.
Your line looks nice and straight for the blind, @PamAnthony. So, that’s a good thing! However, after the blind there is a lot of forward motion happening toward 3, and that is likely what is cuing your dog to continue forward and take the off course jump, rather than coming through the gap. Make sure that by the time your dog has landed 2, your own motion toward 3 has ceased. At that point, any motion should be shown toward 4, and not the off course jump 🙂 You just need to finish your blind a tad earlier and a… Read more »
Darcy and I went through several of these cues again and we are getting better at all of them. Yeah! I am trying to move a little more without “pounding” and trying not to do too much quick turning. You mentioned that I will be happy when I am through this “healing time” … you have NO idea! Because I don’t run as fast as Darcy does, I don’t usually get this close to the jumps. Forward sends are my friend. But, the further away she goes, the less control I have, so I am hoping to find a nice… Read more »
@lisaagraham Although I prefer to be ahead of my dog and a bit closer, I do work on distance and layering and stuff like that, you just never know when you’ll need those skills!
Daisy, I did several videos of the blended blind as well. I didn’t want to have really long videos with most of it showing me setting up Piper and walking out. So I have 3 videos of the blended blind. I think we got better on several of the attempts and she started reading them better as well.
I believe we have this pretty good. If not, let me know. 🙂
This is the third video of our practicing the blended blind. Thanks
VIDEO 1: There’s no blind cross in this video 🙁 In order to do a blind, you need to be facing forward as your dog lands 1, and turn clockwise to look over your right shoulder to see him lift for 2 🙂 VIDEO 2 and 3: There are no blind crosses in either of these videos other, unfortunately 🙁 Watch my video in slow motion; it’s happening rather quickly at regular speed. If you watch your video, you’re doing a (very nice) blended front cross 🙂 Watch my video in slow motion a few times, and then try this… Read more »
Daisy, thanks for your insight on the flailing arms…you always have the ability to put things into perspective! Here’s our video for the blind cross into a front cross.
@Janie Peirce Thanks for bumping this up! It’s been crazy around here trying to juggle the 2018 challenge, the 2019 challenge, classes, training, blah blah blah. Of course none of that is an excuse, and I thank you for your patience 🙂 First attempt: the blind cross was done super early and was really nice! The front cross, however, was a bit late; make sure that as soon as you finish the blind cross you roll RIGHT on through and keep rotating for the front; no dead space between the completion of one and the initiation of the other; blend… Read more »
Daisy, just bumping up our last video.
Thanks Janie, I’m working to catch up – between this and The Agility Challenge and all the tunnels that came this week it’s been a little nuts. 🙂
Here is our blended blind to a front cross, I feel I was a bit late on the front crosses.
@Jenni Young I don’t know if I’d say you’re late, the one at 0:21 was especially good though…and after that the next one too. You were where you needed to be, and the blind was plenty early, the difference between the first couple and the last couple was that you brought your outside ARM up sooner and in a more obvious fashion. Honestly, I thought they were all nice – and given the typical spacing on courses where you are, the first two may have been preferable; he hit the ground turning back, no extra strides, but he was definitely… Read more »
Thank you Daisy, nice to have the different things pointed out so clearly.
You’re quite welcome. You guys are looking like a cool team – fast!!
Our first trial here :
Daisy, where can I Find the updated vids with Chispa and Frodo you mentioned with regard to this lesson? Thanks