Thursday's practice was a course courtesy of AgilityNerd. My training partner made some adjustments because she had only one tunnel and no tire so we had a teeter in place of the #13 tunnel. Also we turned the threadle at 7-8-9 on Exercise 2 into a serp because I was more interested in practicing serp's. We took a few other liberties here and there and made up a third exercise. The video starts with Exercise 2 then goes to Exercise 1 then goes to our made up course. I'm not going to try to replicate the course map, the modifications we made should be obvious from the video.
I broke up the course into smaller sequences to work on the stuff I had issues with. The video is heavily edited, I figured over 5 minutes of handling exercises was too much for anyone to bear, including me, so I put together a sampling of how it all went.
In short I found a front cross after the 7-8-9 serp/threadle (we did it both ways) worked better than a rear cross on the flat between 9 and 10. I wish I'd taken a little more time to handle 12-13-14 in Exercise 2 as a serp. I tried it once and it went horribly wrong and felt awkward so I put in a front cross after the #12 teeter and then a rear between 13 and 14 and that worked no problem. I have a bad habit of turning into the dog on the serp to get him to turn and come into me and I'm trying to break it. I try to handle most serps with a cross somewhere if I can but sometimes it makes sense to handle it all on one side so I need to practice it.
The send from the A-frame to the #7 jump was a challenge for Strummer as well and it proved important for 7-10 because if I stepped in too far to get the #7 jump then I was too far behind to handle the serp and get the front cross in between 9 and 10. Eventually he got patterned to it but those sends are a continual weakness and I'm forever working on them. He's come a long way but we have a ways to go.
The tight course was fun for a change, we've been doing more open courses that require running because we both have a DOCNA trial coming up. Thanks to AgilityNerd for a fun, Nerdful morning of agility.