Learned a new term this week - Jump Chutes! Seems everybody knows about these except me. Found a website that describes it, and ordered the book: Suzanne Clothier's "The Clothier Natural Jumping Method" - $13.95 includes shipping.
This method supposedly teaches your dog to perfect their jumping ability by
setting up a series of bar jumps, set at specific distances to match your dog's stride, strengthening their hind quarters, teaching them extension and collection, and guaging distances, in a systematic way.
I've been using jump chutes all this while to teach "go outs" and never knew it! When the book comes in I suppose I'll be reporting on my training sessions.
Purusing the above website further, I discovered that the agilitynerd (Steven Schwarz) has been blogging for 5 years and is the oldest dog agility blog in existence. Lots of useful links. Very personal. Very generous. He, like me, includes his experiments and philosophical observations, and a rant now and then. He has also developed some on-line programs people can use to generate various Box exercises, build courses, etc. Also a store. He has a huge following.
Gotta go get my 6 month supply of Advantage today. Maxie is scratching and there are little tufts of white hair everywhere. If I don't do it soon, I'll have a bald Papillon. I checked prices online at PetMeds and others, but Greco's beats their prices by 10%, and no shipping. Sweet!
Meanwhile, upwards and onward!