In the Foundation Jumping program, we worked on grids to develop the dog's jumping mechanics. We presented the dog with an opportunity to hone the skills needed to master each component involved in jumping: path, distance, appropriate takeoff place, weight transfer, angle of elevation, and height. The gridwork included in the Advanced Jumping program continues to build on these concepts, with the focus now more on striding and how the dog reads distance. There are also fewer straight-line grids and more bendwork, so adjusting to changes in path and driving the tight line are an important part of the work for the dog. Handling and proofing of motion and speed become a bigger part of the gridwork as well.
Like the Foundation Jumping program, the goal of each grid is to develop the dog's instant recognition of the task in front of him so he can quickly assess the best and quickest way to get from jump to jump. When a dog understands how to jump, he will run more smoothly, efficiently, and decisively; therefore, he will be faster and less prone to injury.
As a bonus, this 3-DVD set includes a 16-page PDF file with notes and diagrams for all of the exercises on the DVD as well as PDF files for four articles that Susan has written for Clean Run magazine.
Note: The work in the Advanced Jumping program assumes that you understand the concepts covered in the Foundation Jumping program, and that you have proofed each foundation grid with motion.
About the Author
Susan Salo has over 35 years of experience in the world of show jumping as both a competitor and a professional trainer. She has ridden for many years with some of the nation's most noted horsemen including Gene Lewis, George Morris, and the late Jimmy Williams. Susan brings her extensive experience of combining speed with jumping to the sport of dog agility. She offers a unique perspective and knowledge of the mechanical aspects of jumping which, when properly applied, can create muscle memory and balance for the canine athlete. Not to be confused with handling seminars, her lessons and workshops focus entirely on the dog—building better jumping skills and instilling more confidence and speed. Training with Susan is an opportunity to develop your "eye" and witness dogs learning about balance, striding, and scope until jumping becomes effortless for them.