Originally Posted by GSDElsa
I'm not so worried about the foundation but for SchH it's always jump and come back to a front.
Okay, this one I do
know the answer to because there's a very similar exercise in comp OB.
It's just a difference in handling and cueing the dog. In agility you're not going to be standing in one position, you're more likely to be moving with the dog so that you can continue to signal down the course. Even as the dog goes over the jump, you're already telling the dog where to go next. In OB (and probably also in IPO, I'm guessing), you must
be rigidly static because if you so much as move one foot, bam!, NQ.
So the picture that you are presenting as a handler is very different to your dog, and it doesn't take much for a reasonably smart dog to tell the difference between "go over the jump and return to Front" vs. "go over the jump and go on to the next obstacle." The course itself is another cue that things are going to be different. Dogs can tell an agility course from an obedience ring pretty easily!
It does take practice to get this down clear and fast, but it's not a hugely difficult training problem for most teams.