Layering

I realize that there are handling systems where layering is some sort of mortal sin. One more reason why I don’t subscribe to handling systems.

I need more distance with Rush. (More distance! More distance! It’s like asking for more gruel. I’m pretty certain I’ll never have enough distance.)

Yesterday I decided to spend some time on the world’s smallest agility field (my front yard) working on layering. I set up this course:

I started at the teeter, dog on right, and did the circle twice. (Those weird round obstacles are NADAC hoops, which are really useful when you want to set a line but you don’t have room for jumps.) The third time, I did a front cross before the teeter–which put me on the right side of the teeter and the dog on left. Rush does a nice stopped two-on-two-off on the teeter. When he stopped, I turned left, pointed my right arm at the teeter and said “okay, OUT!” He went to the hoop–nowhere else to go, really–which put him nicely in line with the weaves. I finished my turn, kept my right arm up and pushing out, told him “weave!”, and continued down the line to the hoop, throwing his toy right into his path as he took the hoop. He read it beautifully.

Why do I want to layer obstacles? Well, I’ve had several courses of late where the ability to layer a tunnel or the teeter would mean that I could get a bit farther down the line a bit faster; I need to be earlier with Rush, consistently. Layering will help.