Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Now this is a good Snooker

The following course is Tammi Stone's, ran at Happy Dog Agility on March 7, 2010.

Here's why I like it:

  1. Three OF Four. Handlers must pay attention to the details.
  2. The #7 Combo must be taken as marked.
  3. The #7 Combo is NOT easy to handle.
Sure, you could go for all sevens - some people did. Most were not successful.

As for flow, the ONLY option I liked to enter #2 nicely into the closing was the #7 combo. There are two reds on the map (bottom reds) that open to either nothing, or no points. If you started with Red #2 (bottom right), it opened to some small points. I try to only do fives, sizes and sevens in 3-Red snooker. I discounted that strategy.

Other than all sevens or starting with a low value obstacle, I saw only one flow course with points: 6-6-7.
It was flow enough for both dogs to win their jump heights.

Monday, April 26, 2010

USDAA Performance Titles

Here's an excellent blog entry about the title names for USDAA's Performance program.