False Turn [video]

Learn a handling technique called False Turn which is a useful handling technique when you need to change your dog's line while keeping him on the same handling side. False Turn allows you to keep moving all the time.


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Phil Seyerlast year

Here is what I see. In the false turn the handler might lead a dog over a jump with his left hand, but then run backwards pointing at the dog with his right hand as if to do a front cross. But he keeps running backwards until he is a position to switch back to the left hand and lead the dog to the next obstacle. The false turn seems a ot like one might call a reverse pivot lead out except that the handler is running backwards down the intended line. I am wondering in what situations is the False Turn useful. I am thinking it might help to keep a dog away from an off course obstacle. Please commend OMD gurus.

Niki Dragelast year

Hi Phil, Yes correct, to handler waits for the dog to commit to an obstacle on their left hand for example, once they see commitment the handler does a rhythm change and turns their eyes, chest, feet and off hand towards the new line for the dog just like in a front cross, while they move laterally towards the next obstacle about 1 step away from the dog's intended line. Once the dog commits to coming to the correct line, the handler turns their eyes, chest, feet and dog side hand back to cue the next obstacle, their motion always continues towards the next obstacle on course. False Turn is used to avoid off course obstacles such as the incorrect tunnel entry or to pull the dog to the correct side of a jump and set a new line for the dog. It is similar to what some people call a lead our pivot or reverse flow pivot except that the handler focuses on cueing the dog's line the whole time, rather than just turning in the other direction completely.

Ann Lincoln2 years ago

I love studying Mikko's footwork as he is so quick and light on his feet. I slow the video down and try to break it down and copy what he does. But, sometimes I'd like to see a split-screen comparison of his footwork with someone who is much slower and less balanced (like me, someone with two replaced knees and a fused ankle) but still performing the handling move correctly. The right and wrong side-by-side comparisons are great, but sometimes I'd like to see the best way compared to a still correct but less elegant way.

Niki Drage2 years ago

Hi Ann, Thank you for your feedback, we will keep that in mind! Have you seen Hu's video blog? Mari has some physical restrictions and as a result, she handles very differently to Mikko while still using the 7 elements correctly. You can see Mari and Hu do False Turns here:

Anne Linn Moen3 years ago

I have a question about the false turn. I thought that the difference between the false turn and the japanese is that the handler side does not change in the false turn. But in this video on false turns, at 4.27, the handler changes sides, so I am now again back to not understanding the difference.

Jenni Leino3 years ago

Hi Anne, Thanks for your question! In this video at 4:27 the handler does not change sides: the dog is on her left when she comes out of the tunnel and continues to be on the handler's left after the false turn. It probably feels like a side change since the handler is turning towards the dog first? False Turn is sort of a "half of a Front Cross". You start it like you start a Front Cross, but then continue without a side change. The first half of the FC turns the dog. Japanese, on the other hand, is like a "Forced Blind Cross". You can do it in all the places where you could do a Forced Front Cross. Both Japanese and FFC are always done on a backside jump (from the dog's perspective). Let me know if this helps!

Monica Lord3 years ago

Other videos on the OMD site demonstrating false turns sometimes show the handler moving with their feet forward and just their upper body rotated back toward the dog with the opposite arm across the chest. This video only demonstrates the handler actually moving backward, directly facing the dog. How do you decide which to do?

Niki Drage3 years ago

Hi Monica, Which elements are needed for this technique is completely reliant on the situation of the course and the handler and dog team. Remember that feet, hands and voice are the least important elements for the dog. For example if there is only a slight change in the line required, or your dog is very handler focused, then the elements of Movement (toward the next obstacle), Position (next to or in front of the dog), Eyes (watch for commitment, then look towards dog's intended line) and chest (facing the intended line during the false turn and turning to the next obstacle when dog is on intended line) are the most important. If the change in the dog's line is more significant or the dog is very obstacle focused, then it is more important to also introduce the other elements such as facing feet towards the dog, changing guiding arms and a verbal.

Jenni Leino3 years ago

Hi Monica! We now have a new video of applying the False Turn, take a look!

Cornelia Kluck or Connie3 years ago

I had the same problem as Debbie yesterday, but it plays fine today! This is going to be a big challenge for my boy, he has so much obstacle focus. I like to use Japanese for pull through! But this is very useful to learn! Another tool in the box!

dale bell3 years ago

this one looks like a good challenge for Dale and me ill try to teach it to him.! Regards Billy the Border collie from Palm Beach

Debbie N3 years ago

This is not playing on my iPad.

Jenni Leino3 years ago

Hi Debbie! We did some updates on this video an needed to upload it again. You probably tried to watch it at the same time with the update :-) Please let us know if the problem continues!

Debbie N3 years ago

Thank you! Works perfectly. :-)

Catherine Thomas3 years ago

This is GREAT :) thank you so much .... bit by bit ... mini-steps it is starting to sink in

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