The majority of my agility clients train in small spaces and still manage to achieve BIG things at agility competitions! What about when a small space feels more like a micro-space?
In my weekly online resource, Sequencing to Courses, I created 4 cheat sheets that guide handlers on how to work within the space they have and still achieve quality training.
One of the cheat sheets is a Guide for Reducing Distances Between Obstacles – Creating a Smaller Course By Reducing Distances. The cheat sheet includes a list of the general spacing that is typically found on a course and then provides a list of reduced spacing options that can be used to guide handlers who are working in smaller training spaces.
For example, here is a small size sequences from an actual course:
and here is an example of how to reduce the distance between obstacles for micro-size spaces:
As you can see, with a bit of obstacle replacement (replacing winged jumps with non-winged jumps) and distance tweaking between obstacles, I was able to shave off 10′ from both sides of the course and still have a safe training area suitable for most dogs (but not all, so always keep your dog’s specific physical requirements in mind!).
If you would like additional information on the 4 cheat sheets and are interested in receiving weekly sequences and/courses to challenge your training, take a look Sequencing to Courses. Sequencing to Courses is made available just a few times a year so don’t hesitate to join.
In the meantime, let me know how much you enjoyed the free training sequences above!