Backyard Dogs Episode 3: Layering Obstacles

Backyard Dogs Episode 3: Layering Obstacles

Instructor: Dudley Shumate
Course Type: On-Demand Lesson

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Backyard Dogs Live is based on the same format as the longest running and most popular column in Clean Run magazine. It presents exercises that:

  • Focus on specific skills
  • Fit in a 40 ft. by 50 ft. space
  • Require only 6 jumps, a tunnel, a table, and a set of 6 weave poles
  • Provide varying levels of difficulty without any equipment changes

Besides the exercises, you get a video of Dudley Shumate training her own dogs on some of the sequences. She works her small dog and a bigger, long-striding dog. These are real-life real-time unrehearsed training sessions! Dudley explains what’s going right as well as what’s going wrong, and shares information on how to problem solve.

What's the focus of this episode?

Episode #3 focuses on drills that incorporate layering. The term “layer” means having one or more obstacles that your dog is not supposed to execute between you and the dog. Being able to layer allows us to move more freely on course and not slow down our dogs. The dog can drive the line as fast as he can while we move into position for the next sequence. Layering also allows you to maintain the best handling line in situations where the judge has intentionally placed obstacles to be between you and your dog. Layers are delicious in cake and on course!

What is included with your purchase?

  • A PDF file that includes the exercise setups plus numbered sequences with instructions
  • 5 training videos totalling 30 minutes
  • Bonus: Individual Clean Run Course Designer 4 .AGL files for each exercise
  • Bonus: A PDF file with obstacle plans for a simple PVC jumps and a table
  • Access to all course materials on both mobile devices and your computer
  • Downloadable content for off-line access when you're out training
  • Keep what you buy—No expiring content; you can go back any time to watch the video and read the material

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