One of the first handling techniques ever invented, but still the most difficult technique to execute correctly, is the Front Cross.
When we talk about the "correct" execution of the technique, we always mean what is correct from the dog's point of view. To be able to continue smoothly to the desired direction after the jump, the dog should get the necessary information about the turn well before takeoff.
In the Front Cross, as in every handling technique, all seven handling elements should support the same thing. None of the handling elements matter too much individually: it is the cue that the combination of all handling elements gives, that has the effect on the dog.
Poorly or late executed Front Crosses easily can result dropped bars, wide turns after the jumps, and falls or slips, especially in slippery conditions. That is why it is important to learn to master this technique well, if it is a tool that you often pick out of your toolbox.
Learn this challenging technique with the help of the OneMind Dogs handling technique video!
The Front Cross is the most discussed subject on our website, and the OMD Coaches have been answering a lot of questions about it in the Q&A category.
Read more about the Front Cross:
- Q&A: The Step In Front Cross And V-Set
- Q&A: Training Front Cross
- Q&A: Slow Down Cues
- Handling Techniques