Essence of Elevation – the Seated Over
take a seat and grab a stack of discs, from Takes for the babies to super big overs… remember: throw early, before your dog leaves the ground
A Couple of Keys:
- great leaping drill
- dynamic elevation changes
Seated Over Leaping from Pup to Pro
small enough for puppies and big enough for pros. left to right, right to left, take or toss, you choose the height.
The Seated Over is a great little leaping drill. It’s small, which is nice because you can do lots of reps. It affords the handler good control and visibility as the dog is in front of you the whole time. Being on a dog-eye level is a bonus as well.
When getting started with puppies with the Seated Over you can use takes to start, letting your pup broad jump your outstretched legs for a static target, and as the pup gets older you can start with baby tosses.
For the pro dog, if you’re doing a seated over, you had better be doing it proper. Make sure the disc is up early and high so the dog leaves the ground for the target. Throw it at your dog’s maximum leaping height. Make it look good!
Positional and Elevation Changes = Cool
sequences that have big elevation changes and shifting positions are interesting to watch. you can’t get much lower than a Seated Over…
Lots of people look at the Seated Over and think it’s kind of a silly trick… baby stuff. There’s a bit of truth to that, it’s not the most advanced or technical trick, but when done proper or with panache, the mechanics of the skill work quite well for creative and expressive routine building.
If a handler is kneeling one moment, standing the next, running, rolling over, then sitting, you are most likely going to be interested in watching that movement – it sounds interesting as you read it: kneel, stand, running, rolling over, sit…
Those positional and elevation changes are interesting, but they are dependent upon how you get in and get out of them. You should move quickly, artistically, and efficiently. In other words look cool while you are doing it or do your best to not be seen.
An out throw will cover sloppy or slow movement getting up from the seated over. If you are sloppy or slow, make an out throw.