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  1. Great learning video! Odie reliably turns clock, so I need to start working on intercepting him in-between our tricks so my routine has more flow! I feel we are too slow and I spend too much time setting up with a through and positioning him right in front of me instead of going directly into the next trick. I need to Do This!! Especially on the Rut N Flip and Thru N Flip that we have in the routine. Glad this video came up, very helpful!

    1. Yup.

      The Front Cross is the middle of the BSP Pose in Front position. Get things smooth enough with waits then start working from that Front Cross. It will serve the same timing function. Let it go, grasshopper… 😉