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Lateral Push - Footwork And Dog's Line

How should you take your steps in a Lateral Push so that you can keep moving as effectively as possible? What kind of a line can you create for your dog with a Lateral Push? Let's find out!

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Lynn Busselast year

Still trying to perfect the timing of the lateral push when it isn't right at the startline. Last weekend I got an off course due to not getting a turn cue in. I wanted to use the lateral push and the do a blind cross but it didn't work at all. So I set the course up again and practiced my lateral push using Janita's "running point" technique. By setting Whisky up as if it were the start line I was able to figure out my timing for the lateral push cue after several missed or semi successful attempts. Finally, I was successful at timing the cue at the point where I did it at the running point. Whew!!! So thrilled with how it finally worked and will try very hard to continue to practice and perfect these techniques! The first link here is from the trial showing Whiskey not reading a turn cue at all and taking the off course dog walk. https://youtu.be/TZAJdU3VUdg This link is video of setting up the course again and practicing that lateral push as a running point and figuring out the timing needed to cue the nice tight turn and get the blind cross in as well. https://youtu.be/G3_b33ZqiFw

Niki Dragelast year

Hi Lynn, Nice work! The competition video says not available unfortunately but I can see what you were doing with the training one. I think the timing here is quite hard because it appears to be a turn where Whisky needs to decelerate a little bit and avoid an off course obstacle, in which case maybe a Front Cross would have given him more information? In the last one you were closer to jump 3 and then your motion in the direction of the next jump helped show Whisky the correct line and gave you time to do the Blind Cross. The other times your motion was more up field, supporting his line to the dogwalk before you turned for the Blind Cross because you had led out further laterally and you ran less. IF you wanted to lead out to obstacle 4 from the start then I would have recommended a Lateral push to front Cross instead, to cue a bit more collection for Whisky. Nice job problem solving the timing, motion and position yourself though!

Lynn Busselast year

Thank you for the feed back Niki! I will give that a try too. I hadn't thought of the front cross to give him more of a collection cue. So, I'm assuming the timing of the push would be the same for the front cross as well? Here is video of me just leading out and doing a bit of a false turn to set the line and cue the collection. https://youtu.be/CbgVyb8undg of course, he read it perfectly! This is what I wish I had done at the trial. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20 and have made a note for the next time! I'm glad I worked on the lateral push too though! Thanks again!

Niki Dragelast year

Yes that was very nice! and yes the timing would be the same, push as dog lands from previous jump and Front Cross as soon as you see commitment to the jump after the Lateral Push. It is one of my favourite handling techniques (Lateral Push to Front Cross) and I use it a lot on course! You can see a good example on the startline of this course: https://youtu.be/96YUHWa8MV0

Lynn Busselast year

Yes...absolutely wonderful. I like it better than that long leadout just because it shows more motion and gives the dog such great information. I will definitely add it to my "to practice" list! You have been very helpful. Thanks you so much!

Niki Dragelast year

No worries :)

Lynn Busselast year

By George, I think she's got it!! :-) Set up a similar beginning sequence (maybe tougher with very close weaves as off course opportunity) and tried it this morning. The lateral push front cross was perfect every time. Not a bar down and Whiskey didn't even look at weaves in front of him! Feeling very confident with the timing now. https://youtu.be/Iasmsmr0vSs Looking forward to using it in a trial. I'll keep you posted!

Niki Dragelast year

Yay that's awesome well done!!! :)

Attila Vargalast year

I have a question to you! If you starting with lateral push, but you finish the movement to blind cross is it looks like a reverse spin, or you have to call it lateral push to blind cross? What is the differences between the lines?

Attila Vargalast year

In my opinion that is reverse spin.

Niki Dragelast year

Hi Attila, a lateral push to Blind Cross would look quite different to a Lateral Push to Reverse Spin. Lateral Push to Blind Cross would look like Lynn's video above, where the handler turns away from the dog after the Lateral push, cueing extension. Lateral Push to Reverse Spin would be turning into the dog and cueing collection, like in the Front Cross example above, but it would end with the Blind so that the handling side doesn't change

Stacy Richardslast year

Love it!!!

Lynn Busselast year

Love this! The minute I started looking at and pointing by near foot to my dog's take off spot on the lateral push he read it perfectly! I've been using it ever since and it works like a charm every time!

Cornelia Kluck or Connielast year

This is so helpful!