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What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #7

by Linda Mecklenburg
04/15/10
This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This Australian Terrier demonstrates how the forward-most element of the jump standard can create problems for the dog. With one-piece doubles and triples, where the back bar is recessed well behind the forward-most element of the wing, it can literally become dangerous. In USDAA Performance, spread jumps are not allowed. This video shows why manufactured double and triple wings should be replaced with single wings, or the bar at least moved to the front of the jump rather than the rear, when going from a spread to a single in Performance events."



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  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #1 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This Sheltie measures into the 16" Championship division in USDAA. The video shows a progression of her ETS, including early runs competing as a 3-year-old at 12" in the AKC Championship class where jumping problems are barely noticeable, followed by a 12" AKC CH run when ETS was more apparent, and finally to where she had been dropped to 8" Preferred in AKC at 7 years of age. She is trained by a very accomplished trainer. I worked with this dog personally many times and we exhausted all possibly training solutions for her. She was one of the first dogs that convinced me that ETS is NOT a training issue. This dog also has relatives that have what is believed to be ETS. After becoming aware of ETS, the owner/breeder of this dog spayed and neutered all of her related dogs in an effort to prevent recurrence, despite the potential for producing top performance prospects."

  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #2 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This dog made the AKC World Team competing at 14" in 2004 as a 4-year-old. She is shown in the videos at 8-years-old competing at 12". She shows early takeoffs, inappropriately shortened final strides, overjumping, etc. She is actually coping quite well; she's clearly happy and she is not knocking bars. She has recently been dropped to 8".

  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #3 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This is a 5-year-old Border Collie. He started off his agility career much the same as any Border Collie might, with no apparent jumping issues. But he crashed a triple or two early on (just over 2 years old). Over the course of about 3 years, the ETS progressed to this point. Note that on this course he seems to have the most trouble with the jump after the tunnel. This dog has full siblings that also have what is believed to be ETS."

  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #4 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This series of videos compares the jumping arcs (including early takeoff) of several different Norfolk Terriers."

  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #5 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This is a training video; it was not filmed specifically to demonstrate ETS, but note how the dog jumps and gets on the table. Note that the dog weaves just fine and is perfectly capable of locating a treat on the floor."

  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #6 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This is a training video; it was not filmed specifically to demonstrate ETS. But note how the dog jumps, especially the double, as well as how he gets on the A-frame and teeter. The triple is an example of a manufactured set where the jumps bars are recessed inside the uprights. Note that the dog weaves without a problem."

  • What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome? Video #8 -
    This video is a companion for Linda Mecklenburg's article in the May 2010 issue of Clean Run: What Is Early Takeoff Syndrome?" Linda comments, "This dog shows classic signs of ETS."