Welcome to 2014!!
Does January feel like the month where you want to make changes in your handling, fix the things that were breaking during the year, or adding new handling techniques? Our sport is evolving all the time and there are many ways to enhance and improve what you’re doing now. However, that doesn’t mean you have to incorporate a brand new handling system by the end of January. Try choosing one maneuver to master which means to know it inside and out and when to use it. When you’re rocking that move in competition without a second thought, try the next one, and so on. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Dog agility is a journey with your dog and fun is the most important thing. When you’re confident about what you’re doing, your dog has confidence in you and will give their best.
Here are some fun exercises for a small space. If your space is even smaller than what I’ve shown, work the top portion of the course with the weave poles/two jumps/straight tunnel/single jump combination.
If you have the room, use a set of 12 weave poles and widen those jumps near it.
Reprinted with permission and originally posted on USDAA website in January 2009.