Saturday, October 8, 2011

180's Out Of The Chute

It's hard to get your agility dog to do 180's out of the chute, even more so than the tunnel, due to its flexibility.  If you call them left, for example, while they're still in there, they tend to veer towards your voice and risk getting tangled in the fabric, especially the little dogs.  If you drive forward and try to scoop them up after they shoot out (pretty fast), they tend to run around you, or into you.  I've been trying to figure out how to handle this maneuver elegantly and efficiently, and I'm asking other agility bloggers to offer suggestions. 

As it happens, I can illustrate this problem with snippets from several videos I took during an Excellent Standard competition at the Kiln trial last month.  The course was designed by Judge Scott Chamberlain.  I've never encountered this layout before. While most dogs made it, much time was lost as they ran wide or even behind their handlers before committing to the next jump.  First, here's the layout:

Now, here's video I managed to snip of just that segment of the course.  (me and my papillon, Maxie, are first, then Lucky Lucy is 6th).  There were other variations and some NQ's as dogs got sucked in by the dogwalk or the jump after 3, or skipped the chute to follow the handler to H1:

Many succeeded but all lost precious seconds with the wide turns.  Does someone have a solution for this?  I'm hoping to hear back.

Upwards and onward,

1 comment:

Steve said...

Hi Michele,
IMHO only one of the handler's who drove deep was close to being properly positioned. I'd decelerate slightly on the way in to the chute, then go deep, talk to my dog while he was still in the chute, and get on the "Front Cross Line" near the chute exit to "enforce" the tighter turn. Handlers who went too deep are telling their dogs that they'd like the dog to turn wide.

The chute is a tough one to get tight turns on because some dogs will start to turn while in the chute if you call them and can get tangled. A tunnel is easier because you can give all sorts of verbals while the dog is in the tunnel and the dog can't get tangled up.