Here's the setup:
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The possibilities were actually quite large. We did regular serpentines, where I practiced front and rear crosses at each point, and worked on lead outs of various lengths and some distance. Having the jump out of line was quite telling. A few times Jonah would take the jump to the side instead of doing the inside line of the serpentine.
I also worked on threadles, where he would jump the jumps of the serpentine but he would jump each one going the same direction. I tried the two handling methods that have videos on Agilitynerd.com
The first one, the push pull, simply wasn't a strong enough cue for him. He's conditioned to do the serpentine, so he ended up just doing that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=echohlMf4vw&feature=player_embedded
Then I tried the front cross technique. On the video I'd thought this looked a little bit silly, but the bigger motions seemed to make more sense to Jonah. He wasn't going full speed, but we got it done without much trouble.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpDBO6toWkQ&feature=player_embedded
So, fifteen minutes outside with four jumps and we got a lot of good practice out of it. I'm glad we have class tomorrow. Hopefully we can find some new, challenging things to work on!