The Parallel Path is very important for your teamwork. This skill balances our obstacle focus with our handler focus.
This skill helps eliminate off courses, as it teaches dogs to not take obstacles that we have not cued.
Key Elements to Training the Parallel Path:
- When walking by an obstacle, if your dog takes it without being asked, simply do NOT reward.
- When walking by an obstacle, if your dog does NOT take it without being asked, REWARD.
- When walking by an obstacle, if your dog takes it WITH being asked, REWARD.
- Start this training with bars on the ground.
- Start this training with food (food for thought). You can progress to a toy to make it more challenging, or if you find your dog still thinks well with toys being used.
- Start with jumps only. Add tunnels and other obstacles as your dog gets better with the game.
- Remember, the dog should ALWAYS parallel the handler’s path!