[AU-008] Front Crosses – Where, When and How

A front cross is not just a turning cue. It is a series of well executed handling plans. Yes – a series! In this seminar, Diane will break down the components of the front cross and will explain in depth where, when, and how to use a front-cross in a sequence. By the end of this course, you will understand the front cross completely and will be able to do them easily and effectively! Diane will also go over when to swap the front cross with a blind cross or rear cross. This course is for anyone who wants to tighten up turns, gain confidence in executing a front-cross, or expand their understanding of how a front-cross can help their dog flow through the course.

Do you ever rotate out of a front-cross late? Does your dog know where to go after you front-cross? Have your feet gotten stuck in the turn? Do you agonize over every front-cross and search desperately for a way to do a rear cross? Is your front-cross aiding your dog or slowing him down? A well executed front crosses can eliminate off-courses and keep your dog moving on a clean, straight line. A well placed front can also motivate your dog to keep moving through a technical sequence and can make agility a fun game for both dog and handler. In this seminar, Diane will go in-depth on how to do a front-cross. The material breaks down the front-cross into component pieces and Diane shows you how to use each piece on a variety of sequences. In this course, you will also learn how to determine when you should be using a front-cross versus a blind cross or rear cross. There are plenty of simple exercises that can be done in a small space or during a class and exercises to do without the dog so you can learn how to apply the components of a front-cross, even if your training time or space is limited.

Additional Course Details

  • Faculty:
    • Diane Goodspeed
  • Dates:
    • Course starts on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
    • Registration closes on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
    • Course material access never expires.
  • Level:
    • Dogs must be 10-months or older
  • Course Structure:
    • This 4-week course will explain where, when and how to use a front-cross. Whether you are a new handler, have a young dog or are a master handler who fears front-crosses, this course will provide endless knowledge of the front-cross! Each week there will be multiple, simple exercises for you to complete that will explore the basic components of a front-cross. There will be both paper exercises to develop analysis skills and drills for training with your dog, which do not require a huge space. Although Diane will provide specific training sequences, the drills can be done on a variety of sequences, such as in a training class or on an existing course setup at a rental building. In fact, having students use the equipment setups that are available to them will enrich the class experience since there will be more to discuss than just a few setups from Diane! Regardless of your access to training equipment and time, you will come out of this course with a completely new understanding of the front-cross and how to use it. Working students will complete assignments and submit video tape for feedback. All discussions are open to working students and auditors. Video can be submitted multiple times per week or once a week.
  • Equipment needed (working participants only):
    • 4-6 jumps, tunnel, other equipment as available
  • Space required (working participants only):
    • 60’ x 60’ or equivalent.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 4 weeks

Difficulty: Intermediate

Course Instructor

Diane Goodspeed Diane Goodspeed Instructor
  • Enrollment in this course closed on 12/01/2019.