Tire / Tyre /
Tyres are similar to
jumps but your Boxer needs to be aware where his or her head is in
relation to the top of tyre, as well as where their back legs come
through. Many of the principles of jumping apply to tyre
work but there are a few differences. Tyre training is also
a bit like tunnel training. The most common technique of
tyre training is to start with the tyre at or near ground level
then gradually increasing height. It's a good idea to
start early on letting your Boxer find the 'circle' on his or her
own and to start working on him or her entering the tyre from various angles
(starting gradually with very gentle angles).
organisations have rules in place for course design stating that
the tyre can not have an angled approach and others allow the tyre
to be on any angle. If you build up a strong
performance from the start then your Boxer should have very few
problems no matter what type of course he or she is running.
Another reason for teaching your Boxer to be confident in an
angled approach is in case you go wrong course and your Boxer
takes the tyre from an awkward direction. The regulations
for tyre construction vary amongst agility organisations, so if
you participate in a few different types of agility, you and your
Boxer may be confronted with all styles of tyres - suspension,
fixed, lolly-pop and even 'P' shaped.
It helps a bit if you
visualise how your dog views the tyre in relation to angle of
approach. A front approach is far easier than an acute
angle. Work out where you need to be on the course to allow
your Boxer a good tyre entrance.
Straight approach generally presents few problems.
Mild angle approach closes the visible gap in the tyre
Sharper angles really decrease the visible tyre entrance.
85° angle and the tyre entrance is not visible.
Depending on the height
of the tyre, your dog may also be viewing the entrance
from below, so you will need to take that into
consideration. It's always good to view the course
through the dogs line of vision, so squatting down to
roughly your dog's height allows you to see what your
dog's view of the article may be.