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Gretta through the tire



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Tire / Tyre / Hoop Training

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).  

Some agility 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 only slightly.

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.
Katie owned by Patricia Harper in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Mark Gose

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