Rear Cross

We are going to work the Rear Cross on the entry to, and the exit of, the PVR. We’ll get the dog to drop at a comfortable distance and set the PVR with a Consequent Cue…

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Cross On Entry

When we hook up on the Flank on the way into the PVR and the dog winds up abreast of us, we:

  1. Scoop and Step – sending the dog forward
  2. Match and Turn – transfer target and set direction
  3. Step and Finish – pull the dog in the new direction
  4. Throw

Our Dog will turn away from us and wind up going back in the direction from whence he came. This is depicted in the Diagram on the Right.

This is a fast and abrupt change in direction that can be used to set up sharply and with a POP! It’s flashy and efficient.

Cross On Exit

Working the rear cross out of the PVR creates another sweet pattern, depicted in the Diagram on the Left:

We work the PVR and pull the dog around. As the dog comes abreast of us and starts to get in front of the flank, we:

  1. Scoop and Step – sending the dog forward
  2. Match and Turn – transfer target and set direction
  3. Step and Finish – pull the dog in the new direction
  4. Throw

This sweet pattern is not fast and efficient, it is slow and groovy. There is drama. Teamwork is in full display.

 Crossing Demonstration with Si