Hi, Daisy, here’s our BC plus landing side FC, again running on a straight line was still very hard whilst concentrating on watching Dizzy and correct timing.
@Sabine You also have the bars very low which makes things even harder! In general this is fine, although there are some times, where, as you mention, you are not running in a straight line. Also, when you start the front, make sure you’re not continuing to move toward the camera. This got better as the trials continued; your footwork got a lot better. He also looks like he figured out what you wanted. In the earlier front crosses you were still moving toward the camera as you rotated and he was slicing the jump. In the later ones, you… Read more »
Hi, Daisy, thank you for pointing out my mistake with the FC. Hadn’t you mentioned it earlier, I wouldn’t have realized that I shouldn’t continue to move towards the camera when starting the rotation. This really is a very valuable feedback! Now that you put my nose on it, I can see what I was doing wrong and how that made Dizzy slicing the jump.
I am learning so much here, did I alreday mention that I LOVE this course? 🙂
@Sabine stepping backwards out of front crosses is a VERY common mistake we make as handlers. It takes a lot of core strength to step out of a rotation in EXACTLY the direction you choose. When I’m walking a front cross, I step out of it with this guideline in mind: Move in a direction that parallels your dog’s path, and be moving on that line a few steps before your dog needs to move on that line. So when I walk a course and am doing a front cross, I am pretty specific about how I step OUT of… Read more »
hi Daisy. I have been offline for a week or so due to bad weather or just other stuff going on. I am hoping to get back on track this week. In response to this video, I have always thought that I want to send my dog with the same arm/leg that is on the side of the dog. So I would use my right arm and right leg to send my dog around a cone from right to left. A big helper, especially for smaller dogs, is the foot positioning – I really think that most dogs your feet.… Read more »
Play around with it, and then let me know how it goes! I agree, many dogs are watching our feet, for better or for worse. For example, in the weave poles, I want to be able to point my feet wherever I like, and have the dog still find the entry, even if my feet are ‘lying’ about where to go 🙂
Thank you @Daisy Peel, for another very valuable input! You are really challenging my mind and my physical abilities. I realize, until now I had mainly been focused on running a straight line when doing a fc (at least without my dog) but I had never spend an extra thought on how I moved OUT of it. So just another thing to work on on the tiles in our hallway on cold winter evenings 😉
Tried to watch the video, but the link doesn’t seem to work?
Still having trouble? It’s working for me here…Glad I am getting you thinking!
It’s very strange, but vimeo keeps telling me, that the site doesn’t exist (tried it with firefox and opera). Maybe it’s because I am not a registered user?
🙁 I have no idea, they were having issues last week…
Here’s Piper and I doing the Blind Cross plus landing side front cross. We worked out the kinks a couple of times and then videotaped this one. It worked pretty well and I like having more options for those tricky combinations that judges put into their courses. Some trials have some rather tight combinations or multiple direction changes. Thanks so much for all your advise. Carla
@CarlaBaker This looks pretty nice!! Nice smooth blind cross, and you flowed in to the landing side front cross nicely!! In the second one, your blind is a bit late – the first one was REALLY good though! Make sure you finish the blind cross early enough to look back and see your dog lift for the jump behind you 😉
Daisy, here’s our video. Thank you for posting the training challenge for a front cross. I’m anxious to set it up & work on it. Wish I had seen this video when I first started agility…I see why I had so much trouble with front crosses…
@Janie Peirce you’re welcome! Sorry I’ve been a bit absent, working on the 2019 agility challenge launch 🙂 yes, that front cross exercise is good for footwork – most of us didn’t have the luxury of being able to go through it slow, and then work up speed as we gained proficiency. We just…jumped in full steam 🙂 Attempt one – nicely timed blind cross, nice straight line Attempt two – bit later on the BC timing with the arm change Attempt three – really nice timing with the BC! Attempt four – same as previous Attempt five – same… Read more »
Carter ( Module 4,Unit 2) BX plus Landing Side FX,Trial 1