Adding equipment and motion.

Lesson
Materials

Start with a simple set-up of 4 jumps:

The set can be completed with a front cross indicating a left turn and a front cross indicating a right turn.

Remember, the cue should occur in the turn lane and that is prior to the turn.  Therefore, the cue should be between jump 1 and 2 because the turn occurs between 2 and 3.  The handler path is critical here; you want your path to be a diagonal line ending on the upright of the direction of the turn.  You may wonder why your path is so important.  Our line is essentially the most important information we are relaying to the dog about what to take next.  Remember, the dog does not know the course – they are running blind.  Our correct motion and timely cue will allow the dog to run at top speed with confidence.

Begin your cue and turn when you release the dog. Your rotation across his path and arm change should be completed prior to the dog lifting for jump number 1. Early information allows your dog to prepare for what is coming next.

When a side-change occurs and a turn is coming, your dog needs to change lead-legs. The lead leg is the leg that is out in front. If your dog is on the wrong lead leg, they cannot turn over the jump. Instead, they would land straight, change lead legs, and then turn. That would take more yardage and cost you time on course.

Tip:  Once again, painters tape can help if you have trouble staying on your handler line.