Set up – This week’s challenge is practicing and proofing your Rear Cross (RC) cues. You will need 5 jumps and 2 tunnels set up like the first (Diagram A).
Alternate set-ups: use 4 jumps and 1 tunnel and then reverse the tunnel and a jump to practice the mirror image as in diagram B. Or use a jump to replace the entrance of the tunnel as in diagram C.
Purpose – This drill teaches your dog the differences in RC cues. In this drill use a Soft RC cue, indicating a gradual turn, a Hard RC, indicating an abrupt turn, or your cues you have established with your dog to differentiate the two different turns.
Tips on success –
- Simplify by removing the first jump or lowering the jump heights. Think first about building your dog’s confidence, then raising the jumps!
- Practice the set up doing all soft or all hard RC.
- Make sure your cues for each type of turn (soft or hard) are different.
- Once your dog is confident with each RC, start training each alternatively. Run one hard RC and then one soft RC, etc.
- Video tape yourself to make sure that your handling cues look different to your dog and that your cues are consistent.
- Remember to reward your dog for correct responses.
- Keep your sessions fun by adding loads of games!
Reward your dog – Anytime your dog gives you effort, reward him. Keeping your training sessions short.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence and ability to read and perform different angles of RC’s successfully and with confidence and speed.