For a variety of reasons, we have not attended any classes for several months. Where has the time gone? We did, however, manage a few private obedience lessons in the summer. Here are two videos from my introduction to the broad jump.
My first session learning the obedience broad jump sequence
Being an introductory lesson, the broad jump is set about half its trial length (which will be 46"). To avoid a diagonal jump landing in front position, the plunger is used to encourage a straight jump landing followed by a turn then a front. This is the type of exercise where we employ the earlier foundation exercise of going out to and around cones (for example, go-outs). As shown in the above video, we ended each attempt with a front and a fun reward delivery rather than a formal finish (finishes will be added much later).
The following weekend
If I am counting correctly, there are 6 steps to a broad jump:
1. wait in a sit position
2. jump straight over the boards
3. land straight
4. turn to the right
5. front (sit in front of handler as straight as possible)
6. finish (either by swinging to the left or by going behind the handler then
sitting in the space between the boards and the handler)