I agree. And I kick myself when I catch myself. I prefer to break things up. But it's tough when you are preparing for a trial. You wanna make sure you got the routine down. So I catch myself running through it.
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I completely understand wanting to be sure you have the pattern down before a trial. The way I see it though, if you're ready to trial your dog should know what to do in those circumstances. For example, you can work your foot work for an about turn without heeling for fifty paces first. You can work sit and downs in motion without doing them in any order or facing a specific direction. The handler can walk the pattern without the dog to get a feel for it. In both ob and protection. You can work blinds without doing a call out and escape. The list can go forever.