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Entries for the NEW on-line RUNNING CONTACT class (which STARTS on 6th of NOVEMBER) are now OFFICIALLY OPEN! For registration, follow the link: www.funtasticdog.com
(if you would like to register differently then through pay pal, send me an email). WORKING spots are LIMITED.
This is already 3rd addition of this successful class, which really adapts to the INDIVIDUAL needs of every dog. Class consists from 7 thoroughly designed lessons, which not only give you detailed inside of RC training, but they also teach you to understand RC and adapt the training to the dog you have (regarding his size, breed, character, rewards he likes, striding,...).
This is also the class, where many of the foundations and generalisations are done AWAY from the real DW. I put a LOT of attention to target games through the whole class and many of those games you can play on your back-yard.
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Building on very interesting and informative posts from Martin Reid and Dave Munnings, I would like to share some aspects on approaches to contacts, as these seem to be causing a lot of issues. With more and more dogs having running contacts, the approach is getting even more important.
And yes I know, as a handler you can manage the approach to a contact, but 1) most dogs with running contacts, the handler will be close to the end of the contact by the time the dog is there, meaning especially for the dogwalk, the handler will not be there to support the approach, and 2) is that really what we want? I don't think that is something a course should test, especially in the lower grades with less experienced dogs.
Even though there are rules concerning the approach, as it should be 'fairly straight', but for younger / inexperienced dogs, and fast / long striding dogs, the approach will be significantly different from what a lot of people seem to anticipate. Because of the width, this seems to be less of an issue for the A-Frame, but can lead to dangerous situations especially for the dogwalk and see-saw.
Below you will see two different popular sequences leading up to a contact, which in a lot of cases lead to an angled approach because it is not based on the DOGS LINE, but on a theoretical /FANTASY LINE. I have also shown how to work with the dogs line and slightly change the setup of the jumps, to ensure a safe approach for all types of dogs.
The third picture is an example of how important the sequence leading up to the contact is, showing it is not just the obstacle before that determines a straight approach.
And to all handlers, pay attention to the lines your dog takes when running a course, as it will help you understand your dogs line, and identify issues such as (potentially) dangerous approaches to contacts even during course walk.
I think the bottom line of it all is, when designing a course (whether it is for training or competition) to make sure it is safe for ALL dogs. As with all aspects in course design, an approach that is safe for fast, long striding dogs will also be safe for slow(er) or shorter striding dogs, but not the other way around!
This is not intended to ridicule or offend anyone making courses for competition or training, but to show the differences between what I call the theoretical line (or fantasy line...), and the dogs line... And some ideas/solutions of what you can do to ensure it is safe for all types of dogs (of course you're not limited to these solutions and will need to see what works with the rest of the course as well..). These are merely simple examples, obviously in higher grades things get more complicated... but approaches should always be something to be considered!