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04-25-2014 04:34 PM
readmeli Wow, that a really impressive send out start! Way to go.
04-25-2014 02:16 PM
TwoBigEars I have seen a number of dogs get tangled, usually when they try to turn towards the handler while in the fabric. I think many people don't spend enough time training the chute, and as soon as the dog starts running through reliably they move on to other things.

-train the dog to run straight through the chute, with head and nose down. Reward placement is key for this. Place the reward (toy or food) on the ground a few feet straight out from the end of the chute. Eventually you can transition to tossing the reward, but again keep tossing it straight out the end of the chute. Random maintenance training with proper reward placement.

-don't use the same verbal cue for the chute and the tunnels. Tunnels almost always have a curve, chute = run straight.

I've done USDAA for 10 years, and the only time my dog has gotten tangled in the chute was when the fabric came off. Fortunately he's a fairly confident dog, and he rolled himself into the weave poles with it, got himself out of the fabric, realized he was in the weaves and started weaving! :P
04-25-2014 10:12 AM
wildo
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I'm really looking forward to our next USDAA trial in July.
Have fun!! Don't let the chute scare you. Common sense (make sure the chute is not twisted before the dog goes through) and proper training (head down, nose down) make this a non-issue.
04-25-2014 09:53 AM
kbella999 Thanks everyone for your compliments and comments. I don't have access to a USDAA chute at my class but I can probably get a private lesson with someone who does. I will try it out and see how he does. I'm really looking forward to our next USDAA trial in July.
04-25-2014 09:19 AM
MaggieRoseLee I rarely or EVER see issues with the chute WHEN TRAINED PROPERLY, which (frankly) is the way 99.9% of us train it. I'm with everyone else, I train them to go straight out PLUS this is NOT where I choose to save time and call their name to turn them if they are still in the chute (possibly causing them them start turning while in it and twisting it. )

Actually, even this hasn't caused any dog I've seen to get hurt, it just causes them to get tangled so they can't get out. A poorly trained fearful dog would then be more mentally traumatized (along with the fact these are usually with green handlers). The green handlers then are semi hysterical as they untangle their dog, then are overly cra cra when the dog is out. So instead of just calmly untangling and going on like it's just a normal day on the course, it's become a HUGE ISSUE !!!!
04-25-2014 08:34 AM
wildo
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I think it's a legitimate concern, but it's not a common occurrence.
I agree. I've seen a slight hang up here or there, but always with the small fast dogs (border terriers). Teach him to drive nose first with his head down and you shouldn't have a problem. Good luck!
04-24-2014 06:31 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO
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Yes Willy, I am. I've heard stories about dogs getting tangled up in the fabric. With Jerry Lee's elbow problems and 28" height, it scares me that he might get hurt. I'm thinking of trying him out on one in a private lesson and see how he does. Anyone with big dogs have problems going through the long chute?
Mikko never had a chute accident -he is almost 27". I think it helps maybe because he has to crouch down and can't run through as fast as a smaller dog. I've seen dogs gey caught up once in a while- usually super fast dogs. I think it's a legitimate concern, but it's not a common occurrence.
04-24-2014 05:48 PM
kbella999 Yes Willy, I am. I've heard stories about dogs getting tangled up in the fabric. With Jerry Lee's elbow problems and 28" height, it scares me that he might get hurt. I'm thinking of trying him out on one in a private lesson and see how he does. Anyone with big dogs have problems going through the long chute?

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This is curious! Are you concerned about the dog getting caught up in the chute fabric?
04-24-2014 04:41 PM
wildo The run looked calm, relaxed, and clean. Good work!

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I don't like the chute though (to long) so I won't enter the others
This is curious! Are you concerned about the dog getting caught up in the chute fabric?
04-22-2014 01:44 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO Nice run! Congrats! I love USDAA

You can also enter Pairs (and choose the side without the chute - though sometimes the judge decides to make everyone run in the order they are listed in), and Snooker. Snooker is so much fun!
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