Tunnel Brake [video]

Learn a handling technique called Tunnel Brake. With this technique you can tell your dog, before entering the tunnel, that after the exit he needs to make a turn. The Tunnel Brake makes your dog turn tightly towards you after exiting the tunnel which puts your dog on an optimal line towards the next obstacle.


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Jeanne Shaw2 years ago

Not understanding teh difference between tunnel brake and turning back after a tunnel??????

Niki Dragelast year

Hi Jeanne, Tunnel Brake is showing a rhythm change to help the dog know to turn tightly on exit of the tunnel. Turning Back From The Tunnel is when the handler goes 1m past the entry of the tunnel and runs around the back of a curved tunnel so that the dog comes out towards the back of the tunnel rather than forwards, have a look at the videos one after the other to see the difference more clearly.

Phil Seyer & Magic Momo2 years ago

The phrase "'reinforce; tunnel break with slow down cue," is misleading. The word "reinforce" is a technical term and should be reserved for an event following a behavior which increases the rate of responding of that behavior. For example, reinforce contact stay by offering a treat or chance to play. Better to say, "the tunnel brake cue" can be strengthened by adding a slow down cue."

Phil Seyer & Magic Momo2 years ago

My dog understands Japanese, so I just tell which way to turn after she enters the tunnel. Tunnel rule: always give a verbal *when the dog is in the tunnel* if the dog needs to turn when doming out. If no turn, then no verbal. The tunnel brake as described here should add to Momo's tunnel exiting skills.

Detlef Hegeler3 years ago

Hi folks, wonder if/how tunnel brake works if the dog had to leave the tunnel into the opposite direction (away from handler)and handler change sides after the dog entered the tunnel?

Jenni Leino3 years ago

Hi Detlef! If you slow down before the tunnel, the dog will turn to the side of the tunnel where he saw you when he was entering the tunnel. If you need to change the side before the tunnel, after the dog enters the tunnel, it's a Rear Cross. Rear Cross in itself will turn your dog, IF you do it early enough that your dog actually sees you crossing the line behind him before he enters the tunnel. If you do your Rear Cross too late, your dog will turn to the side where he last saw you before the tunnel.

CJ Dame4 years ago

@Janita Leinonen Thank you. I used a lunge whip with a toy for my puppy, but all of my dogs got this pretty much right away. I did use a 10-foot tunnel, but it was not a problem. Thanks for the quick response!

Janita Leinonen4 years ago

@CJ Dame Hi CJ! There are four options without a helper: - You just try it once without any help and see if your dog is reacting the slow down cue naturally, without any teaching. - You can show the dog you leave a reward, like in this video in 4:50. - If your dog likes toys, you can put a rope to the toy and pull it, so that your dog turns, like in the Turning backside of a curved tunnel in 3:56: - If the dog doesn't react to rhythm change (for about 10 % of the dogs you really have to teach them not to run straight every time from the tunnel, 90 % react naturally to tunnel brake and you only have to find the right "power" to do it for that dog), we put a net behind the tunnel. At firts it's about 2 meters / 6 feet behind the exit, so that they don't hit it. And then we bring it little closer. We use green fence net, that the dog can see it. unnel brake is actually more difficult with shorter tunnel. You give the cue so late, just before enterin, that their next stride is normally still long, so 5-6 meter /15-18 feet tunnels are easier for turning than for example 3 m / 9 feet tunnels.

Nicole Levesque2 years ago

Ah! Helpful tips for someone who has that 10% kind of dog! Thanks!

CJ Dame4 years ago

I would like to start training this, but do not have an assistant. I am considering using a short tunnel (4 feet) and a toy on lunge whip that I can position at the exit, gradually increasing the tunnel length. Is there another option for training without an assistant?

Angi Buettner5 years ago

Thank you for your reply. Highly appreciated and helpful. Had fun today with my young dog on racing through the tunnel. I am so looking forward to the obstacle training videos. @Janita Leinonen

Janita Leinonen5 years ago

@Angi Buettner Hi Angi, before your dog goes with full speed straight from the tunnel, you don't need Tunnel Break! Many young dog turn tightly anyway after the tunnel, because they don't "read the course" yet or their obstacle focus is not so high. So first teach to run the tunnel with full speed and after your dog loves that, then take the handling with you. Obstacle training videos are coming here at some point, but basically we put the reward to the end of the tunnel, so that the dog runs through the tunnel to the reward, no matter what we are doing as handlers. We want to build up the motivation and speed right from the beginning to every obstacle!

Noora5 years ago

Thank you for your feedback Angi! As a quick answer, please check the Q&A at Coaches' Corner concerning the Tunnel Brake -> @Angi Buettner

Angi Buettner5 years ago

Wow, I love the step by step 'training' for both the handler and the dog. Just one question. I'm new to OMD, and I have a 3 year old dog with whom I've done agility for a year (but I'm no good at handling). She picked it up immediately and beautifully. But I also have a 11 month old dog with whom I have done foundations stuff but no agility training as such on gear yet. She stops with me when I brake or slow down, even if I make little steps etc. Maybe it's just my timing? Or do I need to teach her the tunnel as an obstacle without 'handling' as such first? And how do you at OMD teach the tunnel?

Sabrina Rossi5 years ago

I need soooo much this training with jet ,Thank You very much!

Janita Leinonen5 years ago

@ Dianne Traphagen Hi Dianne! If I would be in a hall without a helper, I would do the way you see in the video in later teaching; show the dog that you leave the toy beside the end of the tunnel.

Anne Andrle5 years ago

@ Dianne Traphagen HI Dianne!

Dianne Traphagen5 years ago

Wondering how to teach this without a helper?

Christine Wingate-Wynne5 years ago

Luv it, so clear and makes so much sense. Looking forward to training this cue over the winter :) actually going to start this weekend...yay inspired

Laura Kuterbach5 years ago

This video is very helpful in learning the seven cues applied to the "Tunnel Breaks" for someone like me, who is new to the OMD training system. Thank You!

Monique Plinck5 years ago

So impressed with the video quality and professional packaging. Driving home from UKI's US Open and can't wait to get home to start training my new "Tunnel Brake"!

Stacy Richards5 years ago

This is a great video! I cant wait to start to train my dogs this Tunnel Brake.My question would be, how to proof this so the dog does not anticipate a turn? Lots of extension exercises as well as the brake exercises? do I train only Brake one day and extentson the next?