Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I put together a composite that seems to support the notion that the A-frame is a jumping obstacle…. for some dogs at least.
It also answers the question: “Why do my dogs hit the A-frame so low?”
Answer: “They are not hitting the A-frame low. They are hitting it at the peak of their natural jumping arc.”
Lil is already jumping the equivalent of a 14 or 16 inch bar in order to hit the A-frame as high as she is hitting it, so I don’t think I can do much if anything that will significantly increase the height of her first hit. But I believe I can soften the hit by training Lil (and Jake) to collect and power down a little before jumping onto the A-Frame.
(above) video that I grabbed screen saves from to create the composite image of Lil running over an A-Frame at the top of this post
I have a plan and have done a few preliminary sessions and I have say it looks very promising.