Hi, Daisy, here is our homework of the blended FC to a BC drill First 4 trials are of the first session were we did work only on this drill. Dizzy is already used to this as part of the Agility Training Challenge though in a different set up. And we have been practicing in our regular agility course this summer. In the beginning Dizzy had quite a problem with jumping into my back instead of me showing so strong collection cues (he is very sensitive to these but thanks to a long history of positive reinforcement he now seems… Read more »
@Sabine thanks again for all your patience, I’m just about caught up 🙂 How old is Dizzy? The front to blind (aka ketschker turn as it’s often called these days) CAN be a lot of collection cues for dogs that are slower, more sensitive, have less obstacle commitment, shorter strided, etc. etc. And, people can sometimes OVERuse them. So, you should know how to DO it well, but then you will of course have to choose if it is the right move. Maybe the forward motion front cross with a SEND is enough, and you don’t NEED the front to… Read more »
Hi @Daisy Peel and thank you once again for commenting! Dizzy is about 4 ys. old but we’ve only started competing this spring so we are still in LK 1 (beginners). And the blended fc or the blended fc to a bc is a handling drill that would be really usefull in this class, that’s why we are also practising it at our “real” agility class. Just for your information, here is a short video (starting sequence of our last competition) where my trainer adviced me to do a “Ketschker” and in spite of Dizzy first refusing to jump into… Read more »
@Sabine yes the Ketschker turn can be too much in the way of turning cues for some dogs, especially beginner dogs who aren’t driving forward as much toward the obstacles yet 🙂 A front cross with a send, or a front cross and SOME collection cues (outside arm) might have been just the right balance.
Here is our blended front to a blind
@ClairePutman you and @Sabine are cruising through these! I think in this clip you are maybe too far ahead of Andy – would you really be THAT far ahead standing still on course? If you get the chance, try it again and maybe not so much of a head start. Also, make sure you don’t forget about the front cross portion of things; make sure you rotate in to Andy as he’s committing to two so he gets clearer signals to come in to you as you (technically) change sides, if only for a moment. You’re showing good movement toward… Read more »
Daisy, you thought I was too far ahead of Andy and wanted me to try this without so much of a lead out.
@ClairePutman This looks more like how things will play out in the ring 🙂 Remember that you don’t HAVE to rotate to face the jump at all. If you rotate to face the jump, you might as well just keep rotating and finish up the front cross for a send or something; you haven’t saved any footwork. BUT, if you never rotate to face the jump, and finish with a blind, it’s going to be pretty efficient. Your motion in this video is definitely more realistic, just remember, you shouldn’t really ever be facing number 3 – as he’s committing… Read more »
I think this went ok. It was all I wanted to do during the FMFC with collection exercise so it felt nice to let it happen. ?
Hmm, first attempt is a blended front to a front. So is the second one – maybe you posted this in the wrong place? This should be a front to a blind….. 🙂
Oh durp. Late night crappy editing mistakes happen I guess. ? Maybe this is the right one.
(It’s just getting painful to watch the lateness. I’m mostly learning I need to revisit his basic commitment to a line.)
Here are our first attempts. On all of the sequences in this section, I am having trouble with him not coming through the gap. I finally sat him behind jump 2 and had a treat in the hand I wanted him to go to, which he could do but didn’t seem to do it when I went back to the full sequence. Not sure what I am doing wrong, if he just doesn’t have experience with this and doesn’t understand. I did a few to the other side as I realized I was doing them all to the same side.… Read more »
@PamAnthony Hi there Pam! I’m sorry this slipped through the cracks! If more than 48 hours goes by again please alert me!! Your FC is timed nicely, as is your BC. I can see what you mean, despite NOT cuing that off course jump, he’s just…taking it. So, I suspect that he’s used to just taking jumps that are in front of him that haven’t been specifically cued. Here’s what I mean by that – if you do primarily AKC type courses, and if you’re in the habit of NOT cuing every obstacle and just letting the dog find the… Read more »
Thank you Daisy-no worries I knew you had been traveling and I am probably behind where a lot of people are. I have some video of the push to post with the problem of him not coming through the gap continues. I think that you are correct that he is just seeing the line and going for it, although he doesn’t really have a ton of experience with any courses, he is 18 months old and has literally done 3 days of AKC. We take classes with Lori Michaels and I think she mixes it up pretty well, so I… Read more »
Ah, well, then my hypothesis is not likely correct. It’s more likely that he’s just enthusiastic about agility, very young, sees a jump, and GOES 🙂 Nothing wrong with that!! 🙂 I think how you broke it down and rewarded was perfect, really, so I wouldn’t suggest doing anything other than that. An 18 month old dog of any breed is going to be pretty young and inexperienced 🙂
If I pick up Darcy with my left arm as she comes over 2 and then use that arm to signal the jump while I turn away from her, she pulls off the jump each time. The only way this worked with Darcy is when I used my right arm to send to the jump while turning my back on her to move towards 4. I am twisting my body but she understands to go behind me to the jump as I move away. Not sure if this is the most efficient way to do this, and not sure why… Read more »
I’m having a tough time visualizing this, but, it may just be that you’re not moving fast enough for the motion to give her enough momentum to tip the balance of cues toward ‘take the jump, but turn’ instead of ‘don’t take the jump at all’.
For this course, it’s not about the most efficient way, it’s about figuring out how to do THIS cue combination, without alteration 😉 THEN you can fiddle with things! 🙂
Daisy, this is our blended front into a blind cross.
Would you mind addressing an off-topic? I’m wondering if you have any tricks for someone whose arms fly around (even when I’m trying not to!). Looking at all these videos has made it more obvious to me.
@Janie Peirce Your first attempt was pretty good, and your third too; the second one had that late front show up 🙂 Fourth one was nice as well. Of course ‘nice’ is pretty vague, right? So here are the things that show up again and again that can be fixed; – remember to start the first part of the front as your dog is landing the first jump and committing to the second. You’re much better about this but right now it will likely require constant attention until it’s habit 🙂 – As you finish the blind cross, move toward… Read more »
I send our performance here:
@dana.ruda Hi there Dana! Thanks for your patience on this one. Ok, if you start watching at 0:13, you will see that you are angling in toward the middle of the box, instead of moving directly down the line, toward the third jump. As with the forward motion front cross that we did at the beginning of the course, make sure you maintain good mechanics and move only in the direction you and you want your dog to go. That will put you much closer to the takeoff side of jump 3 for the front to blind cross, and you’ll… Read more »
Dear Daisy indeed i see the difference at 0:13 ! I shall repeat it and resend to you. I understand now the concept, as you describe for obtaining a great Turn on jump3.
@dana.ruda Excellent! I will look forward to your video!!
Herewith the new exercise :
Had to take a guess that it’s video 21 in this playlist; don’t know why it doesn’t jump there automatically :\
This is pretty good – just a little bit of dipping in to the middle of the box, and then backing up to the third jump. It’d be A+ if the line was straight and you didn’t need to back up to 3, BUT, this is A material 🙂 Nicely done!
Hi Daisy, I have been out for a while with a foot injury, so I have really fallen behind… anyway here is our blended into a blind
@Jenni Young All three of these were good, even though all three played out a bit differently. In the first two, you moved laterally toward 3 as your dog was committing to 2, and that made for a nice turn from 2-3. By then, you were waiting at 3, having finished the blended front, and the blind was nicely timed, and his line was good. In the third attempt, you did NOT move laterally nearly as much, and it was a little later. This put you further from 3, but you adjusted quite nicely, and still completed the blended front… Read more »
Thank you Daisy, now that you pointed it out I can clearly see the difference I remember feeling the difference when I ran the last one I didn’t feel as comfortable. My foot is a lot better thank you 🙂
Glad to hear your foot is doing better!!
Carter ( Module 2,Unit 4) Blended Front Cross to a blind,Trial 1
@Merck Salazar As with the first blended front cross, I’d recommend being closer to the plane of three as you do all this; you’ll get a much nicer turn from Carter, I think. Again, stop him with a toy in your left hand as you’re facing him, then let him take the jump, then look over your RIGHT shoulder and connect with him 🙂
Hello Daisy, now I know the reason for his wide landing traversing the left turn. Indeed, a perfect Handling program for me. Thank You.