Last weekend I ran a course with a quite interesting start sequense. Many handlers failed with number 3. It was so many options and choices so I decided to build the start at home and analyze the handling and which way was the faster. I could see now when I look at the vdeo it’s not exactly like the course on the trial, but I think the point is the same.
Most people chose to turn the dog to the right over 3, to get a better approach to the double and sew-saw. So did I. I was thinking of turning the dog to the left but I thought it would be hard for the dog with the double jump. I was wrong. Even though number 4 was a double it seemed to be the absolutely best and easiest choice for both dog and handler! But, I did see some handlers turning the dogs to the left and the ones I saw were landing extended from #3 and because of that got wide 3-4. Then I don’t think it’s faster anymore :).
In the video I’m first running with Ina and then Lilli. I’m first trying different choices to the left over number 3 and then to the right, same order with both dogs. In reality jump number 5 was the sew-saw.
The puppy started to cry in her crate, I went there to take her out and to keep looking for Lilli..! Haha, and there I found her 😉 She was apparently already in the crate when I put Ziv there to sleep. And I didn’t have my contacts in my eyes at that point, so I didn’t see Lilli. But none of them complained at all, so the crate seems to be large enough for two dogs… 😉 (and lots of toys!)