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Ying Yang course for Saturday January 16

January 15, 2010

yingyang course (pdf)
This is a slightly reduced version of a course I set up earlier this week and I thought it was a fun exercise combining pin-wheels and serpentines. Lots of ways to handle it:

  1. Dog on left from 1 – 4 then RC between 4 and 5 with dog on right until a push out to the tunnel (8), then FC while dog is in the tunnel. From then on, it is dog on the right the rest of the course.
  2. As above, but do an FC between 3 and 4 instead of the RC between 4 and 5.
  3. Do a lateral lead-out to a position in the middle between 1 and 4 and send the dog through the 1-3 pin wheel, the recall to 4 and pole turn to 5 with a send to 6, “drift” closer to 7 but continue the send to 7 – 8. Rest as above, though you may try to hang back to let the dog do 10 and 11 independently.

A note on the last approach – to make this work, you will want to turn your body in place in sync with your dogs turns. Think of it this way – In the #1 – #6 sequence, move your body and arms as if you were doing the version 2 handling, but do it all in place. Thus, the handling is exactly the same as in option 2, just that you are not actually leaving your position. If your dog isn’t ready for this, do a compromise between version 2 and 3, moving slightly in the area between 1 and 4.

We will not be there on Saturday, but are anxious to hear how it all goes.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Robbie permalink
    January 19, 2010 11:01 am

    Hi Stefan, This course was fun and we accidentally made it trickier than it should have been. Somehow, the #4 cone got moved to the other side of the jump, so we handled the 3,4,5 sequence as threadles. The other move that helped me was to put in a front cross after #6, to divert from the possible tunnel trap. Hope you won lots of ribbons last weekend! Robbie

    • Stefan Elvstad permalink*
      January 19, 2010 4:25 pm

      Great that it worked well. Changing the serpentine to a threadle must have made it a bit more challenging. Even more so if anyone tried it with some distance. Anyway – my numbering only reflects my thinking when designing it, and should only be seen as a suggestion, so I am really pleased that you found a different way of using the setup.

      This weekend was Mirha’s and mine first AAC trial, and much was quite different from what we were used to. Some great successes (such as a new personal record of 7.13 yps in jumpers) and some total train wrecks to keep us humble. On the balance, we still think NADAC is the best.

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