Why video analysis? I started using videos in my jump classes because no human eye can catch the subtleties in form and gaiting that we are trying to coach and improve. Video gives us the information we need to help dogs jump better, run better and be better athletes.
Teaching Safe Backside Approaches
Jumping is like dance. The motor coordination, balance, and strength required to do it well takes practice. The coaching and drills that support great jumping hone individual skills such as: jumping in extension, collection, relative collection, turning, bending, slicing, convergence, front leg lead changes, counter-cantering lead changes and on and on. We focus on all of these, plus common patterns like 180s, pinwheels, backsides.
I want my dog to be a problem-solver, to take on all sorts of jump patterns and problems with confidence. This only comes with loads of practice building layers of skill til we create expert, confident, capable jumpers. This video from Jump Class illustrates how we help dogs to pattern a safe takeoff on backside jumping approaches. You'll see in this video of Revv (thanks for letting me share Donna Browne!) how dogs will balance their lead to the outside rear leg as they go around a wing (counter-canter).
Here we are pressuring Revv to put in the extra stride and weight shift in the rear after he comes around the wing so that he is using both rear legs and powering over the jump, rather than flinging over with all the pressure on a single rear leg as you will commonly see in dogs without the benefit of this training. Unsafe landing side approaches contribute to undue stress on knees and psoas ligaments. We want to mitigate this stress with appropriate jump training.
Bounce Stride and Extension Jumping
Anatomy of a bounce. This is a still shot from a Coach's Eye video analysis of Rosa. This is from a session in which we are practicing extension striding and playing with the distances at which we get a bounce, one stride, or two strides. Setting up a practice to isolate extension striding allows dogs to work out this advanced skill without the interference of handling or any other thinking. Figuring out where to bounce and where to put in a stride, where to take off and how to leave bars up in extension while driving to tunnels is a complicated skill that takes time to develop. Proof positive practice works. Rosa improved on each repetition. Watching her make great take off/striding choices by the end of the session was so rewarding!
Book a Private or a Class
For analysis and coaching of your dog's jumping and movement, you can book a private session with me online, or join in one of our group classes ongoing at Nova Dog Sport or the Uniacke Dog Sport Club.
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