- Using the assumption I have a stay at the start so that I can do a lead out past the tunnel.
- Next, using the assumption I don't have a stay at the start so I'm starting with my dog.
- It was VERY interesting to see the difference between well-timed rear crosses and the not so timely ones. Watching something being done right helps me to capture a visual picture that I can play in my mind, like a mental practice session. This helps me to be more timely in the real world when I'm running my own dogs. There were some beautiful rear crosses!
- Some handlers were very successful using the opposite arm to signal collection over a jump which resulted in a front cross. What I learned from those that executed this move smoothly was that it was clear they'd practiced this with their dog often and it was natural to them. Oh yeah, and the obvious - they were in front of their dog
. While on first appearance, the arm may appear to be the cue, I couldn't help but notice that MOTION (slowing down or a lack of motion) was also key. Those that tried to race their dog to get in front only encouraged the dog's forward momentum when in collection and a turn was soon needed. Another component was the direction a person's shoulders faced (straight ahead signals run and turning in to face the dog is another collection signal).