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Course for 5 February

February 2, 2011

Given the upcoming CDTA AKC trial, I thought it appropriate to throw in a few AKC obstacles we haven’t used in our courses recently. So, we have a tire and a see-saw. For those who also want to exercise their FAST skills as well, try to do the #2-#8 sequence with an imagined gamble line as far down on the map as you can.


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  1. Regina Delahunt permalink
    February 4, 2011 6:49 am

    Looks like a fun course. We might want to replace the tunnel with a chute to give some additional practice on AKC equipment. See you all tomorrow,

    • Stefan Elvstad permalink*
      February 4, 2011 10:42 am

      I like the idea of having a chute out there as it is pretty much certain that it will be in at least some of the courses the CDTA trial, and you are right, we rarely practice chute performance. Not sure where we should fit it in within this course.

      The chute can only be straight and requires some space behind it for the dogs to focus and aim for the next obstacle. It also needs to have an approach that is reasonably straight on with entries between about 10 and 2 o’clock, typically even more straight on than so.

      Placing it where the pipe tunnel is now would create a 180 degree entry which in itself is a problem. Here, the idea was also to provide an opportunity to practice gambles, and asking the dog to do a turn away from the handler into a chute opening he cannot see I think is asking too much.

      The best fit for the chute that I can see is to either take out the weaves and put the chute as obstacle #8 along the right side of the course at around the 30′ line, or possibly to replace the see-saw with a chute as obstacle #5.

      Here is what I suggest. We set the course as is, but pull out the chute to allow anyone who wants to use it to replace the weaves with the chute. It is quickly done. Depending on time, we may even be able to set the course both ways fore all.

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