Here’s our Front Cross on the Flat. I think we got a little smoother as we practiced. She’s so bitey at the treat!
The instructions can be a little tricky to unpack, but really, it’s going to feel like a step BACKwards if you do it properly. If you’ve got her on your left, and you turn in to her to present a cookie in your right hand, then a step backwards WILL be a step to your left. You’re stepping forward and drawing her to your right leg, which is correct, but if you look at my demo video, I’m only stepping back (or to the left, however you want to look at it) and there’s no forward on either my part… Read more »
I will try again. That footwork!
Right! It’s ALL about the footwork – even if you’re doing all verbals all the time, you STILL need to be aware of your footwork so you can proof against it 🙂
Front Cross on the flat, take 2.
@Patty O'Bleness First one here looks great!! Second one as well although there’s a bit of space between the two of you. Third one, you drew her forward a bit before turning her, make sure it’s JUST turning her in to you, don’t draw her forward at all. 0:35 was good in this regard. 0:41 was good as well! 0:52 you drew her forward first. It’s a fine line, and may not be the end of the world if you don’t get it perfect, but you WILL practice bending more if you can stay on the straight and narrow with… Read more »
Here is our FC on the flat! This is going well. As we go through more lessons and revisit the first her fluency is definitely improving. So excited to see where this takes us!
@agilitymalinois This is a push on the flat, dang it – please repost the URL for the FX on the flat, looking forward to seeing it!!
Dang it! Here is the right one…
@agilitymalinois There we go! Your footwork is good AND her bending looks good, so long as your cookie keeps her head level 🙂 Very nice!!! 🙂 No need to redo this one.
Here is our first lesson, thought it went well
Wooo, the link works now! I agree, this looks nicely executed. Your footwork is good, and your dog is bending nicely. You’re keeping cookie low and slow, and he’s following along nicely. This looks GOOD! 🙂 Time to move along.
Here is a video of us doing Front Cross/Rear Cross on the flat. I’ll be honest — my brain exploded when I tried to think about footwork, especially for the rear cross. I realize that for as long as I’ve been doing rear crosses on the flat, they’ve been about my shoulders and arms. I don’t think about my feet at all except to get them out of the way. So… here’s how I’m inclined to do both. Eep.
I don’t mind if you do both BUT you really should try them individually first. The footwork, you’ll find, is identical for both the front and the rear. It’s only the direction of the dog’s head turn and subsequent body turn that changes 🙂 I’d like to see some video of ONLY the front cross if you have time and ONLY the rear cross, really concentrating on stepping back with that inside leg, for maximum bendiness 🙂 And, keep the head level/low to further facilitate bending instead of pivoting 🙂
Here’s our video of front crosses. Not shown in the video are our stationary attempts, which also felt awkward, but this was better.
@Shelby yet another missed video 🙁 Please make sure to tag me or remind me if I miss one! I think these look fine. Make sure you keep your hand close to your leg, to encourage Moss to stay close to you. This in turn will further encourage him to bend his body, rather than just pivoting 🙂 Otherwise these look fine 🙂
@DaisyPeel @peeldaisy I can’t tag 🙁 I think I did it once and your name popped up and I clicked on it, but it hasn’t worked since. Maybe this will do it (sorry for submitting somewhat of a useless comment, but hopefully it will show if the tagging is working).
Yes, of course now it works. Still not the way it worked before. I’ll tag you after a few days in the future – I just didn’t want to harass you!
My tag is the at symbol and then daisy-peel 🙂
Okay, I think I did these right, they were fun! I filmed myself doing them without my dog first and saw I was stepping with the outside leg first. Glad I fixed that before I got my dogs.
@Alisa Healy Hmm these are not right. You should be stepping BACK with your inside leg (like Ruby Right 2) so that you turn 180 degrees. You figured it out with Ruby after a couple of repetitions but the first few were not 180 degree turns. Same with Moses, they should be 180 degree turns…
LOL, just when I think I’ve got a handle on these! I’ll try again. Might be easier to walk a line, cross, walk back, cross, etc…
Oh my goodness! These were embarrassingly hard to figure out. Once I actually got it down I did a big face palm – so simple! What helped me was visualizing my line and trying to stay on that line as I stepped back and turned.
Also, LOL to Ruby who struggled with eating and walking at the same time. What a dork.
Yes, don’t hesitate to give yourself visual markers!
Not sure what your tag is. maybe it’s @daisy_peel ?
@Alisa Healy it’s the at symbol and then daisy-peel 🙂
@Alisa Healy just deleted a comment where you said ‘hope you see this’ but there wasn’t a video?
I think I was just trying to tag you so no worries!
@Daisy Peel It’s about 10 degrees up here today and snowy. So I’m filming indoors 😎 I had to concentrate to step back with my inside leg! I did these quite a bit with my older dog and evidently bad habits have snuck in… didn’t notice till I looked at the first video that I took. Then redid it. Just shows the value of videoing training sessions 😛
@Sandy Mullis Oh man, that sounds so COLD 🙂 Yes, videoing training sessions is very helpful!! These look good, especially when you take a few steps out of the turn to make sure his long body completes the turn 😉 Also remember to keep the head low/level, since as the head comes up, the neck gets compressed, and flexibility is lost. Your FOOTwork looks good though!! That’s usually a big deal, and as you mentioned, can get lost if you don’t keep it up and it doesn’t come naturally to you 🙂 It *will* become natural, with practice 🙂
Thanks for reminding me about the head position! I’ll be more aware of that now. Yes, a good snow and now it’s warmed up and gorgeous out. The two dogs And I are off for a snow romp ?
You’re welcome – yes, always be aware of what you’re doing, and what your dog is doing 🙂
VIMEO link at
attempt with Zipper Front Cross on the Flat.
@Sasha can you check your vimeo link and put the main link in? The review link doesn’t work 🙁
Thanks for reposting! Make sure you keep Zipper’s head even with your body – the first one he got ahead of you a bit. BUT, the rest of these look really nice. He’s bending nicely, and your footwork looks good too! Time to move on 🙂