Front Cross v. Blind Cross: Mastering the Mechanics, Timing, and Placement

A comprehensive course designed to define the differences between a traditional front cross and a blind cross, as well as how and where to use both.

Category: Handling
Level: Open to All
Class Length: 4 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for working/auditing students for 6 months after completion of course)
Start Date: November 25, 2013
Registration Closed: December 9, 2013

Tuition:
Number of Working Spots: 15 ($135)
Number of Auditing Spots: 30 ($88)
Number of Observing Spots: unlimited ($70)

Course Description

Front Cross v. Blind Cross: Mastering the Mechanics, Timing, and Placement :: Stacy Peardot-Goudy

A comprehensive course designed to define the differences between a traditional front cross and a blind cross, as well as how and where to use both.

As the sport of agility continues to evolve we are starting to see more and more of a European influence in handling maneuvers, the blind cross being one of the most widely utilized. However, the traditional front cross and the blind cross are not automatically interchangeable. There are distinct differences in not only the side changes themselves, but, the characteristics of each creates a completely different physical response in the dog. In this course we will analyze those differences in order to better identify which cross where. We will look at the mechanics of both types of crosses and what is appropriate timing of each. There will be drills to test your ability to identify where you would use one over the other and why.


Course Structure, Requirements & Equipment

Categories:

Handling


Level:

Open to All


Course Length:

4 weeks (information/classroom available in read-only mode for  working/auditing students for 6 months after completion of course)

Course Structure:

  • Drills to be videotaped for feedback.
  • Written suggestions and Handling ideas.
  • Submission of trial runs for analysis, feedback, discussion, and, suggestions.
  • Questions answered and feedback on each assignment from instructor in the class forum.
  • Discussion with other students (working and auditing) in the Class Forum as well as access to the general AU
    forums.
  • Access to Class Chat

Equipment needed:

  • (working participants only): 8 jumps, 2 tunnels.

Space needed:

  • 75' x 75'

Office Hours:

Varying



Course Participation & Tuition Levels

Type of participation:

  • Working (posts responses to written assignments, posts videos of sequences, gets instructor feedback to all of these as well as answers to any questions posted, can actively participate in forum, chat and office) Limit: 15
  • Auditing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students, will get instructor answers to course-specific questions posted, can actively participate in class forum, chat and office hours) Limit: 30
  • Observing (can view and read all videos/assignments/posts from instructor and working students in documents, links, forum and chat but do not participate in class forum, chat and office hours other than to read instructor, worker and auditor posts). Limit: Unlimited

Tuition:

  • Working: $135 USD
  • Auditing: $88 USD
  • Observing: $70 USD