“Layering is an advanced skill and can come in handy at trials providing you practice it often at home. At a trial in Columbia I had a nice opportunity to do the very exercise I set up this week for class, the judge tucked the jumps and tunnels in the corner of the ring, very difficult to run to the jumps with your dog, but alas, we had just started in Open and Ruger did not have the skill set to handle it, so I had to wedge myself between the tunnel and jumps and get Ruger where I needed him to be. I was not alone. But there were several folks who layered it, and it was beautiful!
Basically, layering is where you will have an obstacle between you and another obstacle or sequence of obstacles your dog must perform. You need speed/drive and distance control in order to master this skill.
When beginning to teach this skill its a good idea to back-chain the sequence your dog will be handling. Once your dog patterns the sequence, you can move yourself away from him and get in a nice layered run.
Below is a picture of a handler layered with a tunnel between her dog, “pushing out” her dog over a jump.”
~ Thanks to Linda Freed at http://agilityteamair.wordpress.com/ for the above entry~