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2011 – The Year of the Gate

December 19, 2010

Looks like it will be a while before we can do any outdoors training, but to be ready whenever the opportunity arises, I thought it a good idea to build a library of courses. Not only does that make it convenient when the weather is reasonable enough to do a session outdoors, but it also provides an opportunity to practice course analysis skills while waiting for the chance to actually run the courses.

For the 2011 season, we will be using gates quite a bit. There are several reasons for that. NADAC will be introducing a few gates in almost all courses in the near future, and there is no sense in waiting with training with gates until we see them in trials. Also, NADAC EGC – Extreme Games Challenge – trials are being held, and I know that at least ZAP is eager to hold AGC trials in PNW/ The EGC courses always use lots of gates.  Other reasons include that they are great training devices and also make the courses really fun. So, we’ll use gates both as obstacles and as training aids for helping the dogs understand the path we want them to take.

The first course in this series is a NADAC style regular course using gates. We’ll set this course up first opportunity in the new year. Also, I’m planning to set this up Thursday night for the CDTA open practice, so there will be an opportunity to try this out in just a few days.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Aly permalink
    December 19, 2010 4:05 pm

    Thanks for the information! I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Kim permalink
    December 26, 2010 9:50 pm

    Just I’d share what I’ve been reading off the NADAC Yahoo list…gates won’t actually be used in NADAC, just in EGC. EGC is a “child” of NADAC, but not directly owned or covered by NADAC. Gates are great for training and a whole lotta fun though! Love the course…totally looks like fun!

    • Stefan Elvstad permalink*
      December 27, 2010 10:27 am

      Thank you for your information and your comments on the course Kim.
      Back in May, Sharon stated “Gates will only be used for the Extreme Games Challenge for now. Will they be used in other classes in the future, very likely if they have success in the EGC classes”

      Later she clarified that “for now” meant that they wouldn’t be used during the next year, but that we should expect to see gates in NADAC classes a year from now.

      As you say, more recent posts puts the above into question, which really isn’t surprising since such a change would have a big impact on people who may be close to a NATCH etc, and wouldn’t be able to complete the titles/awards without having to train their dogs on a new obstacle. So, it would be a bit of changing the rules after the start of a race.

      Irrespective of that, the gates are such a great tool in training that it is still a good idea to use them in practice and they do make the courses more fun and fast. Also, it is a bit like back chaining for those who want to transition into the EGC classes.

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