If you've been to an agility trial, the chances are good that you've seen at least one handler set up their dog at the start by having them pop from between their legs. Looks pretty cute, right? It also can be effective at getting the dog's attention focused. It can help to get them into the mind set of listening to what you say before you even start the course. And it just looks neat. I've thought it was cute, but never really though about trying it with my dogs. Then the trick was up as the Smooth Sailing Agility blog trick of the week. Not one to completely shy away from a challenge, I decided to go for it.
Before I post the video, I will add a few caveats. This is a trick that I will NOT be doing at an agility trial or practice. Due to the size of my dogs, it's not terribly comfortable for me and it's not entirely practical for them. With that in mind, I basically just took Heffner through to the point where he was pretty easily going through my legs with luring. I tried using the clicker, but I need more hands and coordination. It was pretty ugly when I tried to use the clicker. Pretty sure that neither dog could figure out what the heck I was doing!
Bess started off actually being a bit weirded out by my request to go through my legs and it took a few sessions before should would fairly willingly do it. Since she's a few inches shorter than Heffner, I did have her start sitting towards the end.
The trick is by no means polished, but it was entertaining to attempt. I left in a few of the moments where it was obvious that I was having more difficulty with this than the dogs were.;0)