Clean Run - January 2014 - (Page 3)

® Cover THE MAGAZINE FOR DOG AGILITY ENTHUSIASTS PHOTOS © DOGHOUSE ARTS, MATT ROUSE, CHRISTINA DEMETRIO 10 Myofascial Pain: The Hidden Health Problem Myofascial pain syndrome is a common but rarely diagnosed pain issue in performance dogs. It is caused by extended contraction of a few muscle fibers that results in painful contracted knots of muscle called "trigger points." By Michael C. Petty, DVM, CVPP, CMAV, CCRT, Dipl. AAPM JANUARY 14 27 Raising Your Pup 2 Perfection: Creating a Brilliant Relationship So where does it start? What is it all about? How do you get your puppy or newly adopted dog from lovable rogue to championship level, successful sports dog? It all starts with relationship, susceptibility to reinforcement, and your dog seeing value in you. By Lauren Langman VOLUME 20 NUMBER 01 31 Environmental Enrichment for Agility Dogs Agility provides our dogs with concrete ways to earn reinforcers, and physical and mental activity. But most of us can't run our dogs every day. It is during these days that other types of environmental enrichment, such as participation in the acquisition of food, are important. By Amanda Shyne 13 As the World Turns: Side Cues This article focuses on side cues, which are those cues that tell your dog which side of your body he should drive toward. These cues are part of the foundation for many of the handling moves that will be covered in this series. Handlers need to understand why they work and how to use them before trying new moves. By Mary Ellen Barry 36 The OneMind Dogs Methodology: An Overview This methodology is named after its main mission: seamless cooperation during the agility run. Once you learn to think agility from the dog's point of view, it feels like you are one connected mind. Your runs start to look like your dog is reading your mind; they look smooth and easy. Janita Leinonen and Jaakko Suoknuuti Features 5 Editorializing: Experiment with the Possibilities Whether or not you think you have a handling system, you do. You and your dog have established a way of communicating so you can guide him through a course. So before you embrace a technique that could potentially cause confusion in the communication process, think it through logically and test out the theory. By Monica Percival 21 Power Paws Drills: Illuminating Backsides These drills present logical back-of-the-jump training scenarios, while still being challenging. This setup should help illuminate your team's weaknesses as well as strengths. By Nancy Gyes 41 The 10-Minute Trainer It's as important to keep your strategy and mental skills sharp as it is your handling skills. So, how do you practice those less tangible, but no less important, mental skills? This month we're going to focus on one of those skills-sightreading. By Daisy Peel 50 Out Spot Out: Strategies for Distance Games Here are strategies to successfully play Gamblers, FAST, Chances, and other distance games. Dogs, like people, have different strengths and weaknesses. What motivates some dogs will shut down others. When you are planning your course, take advantage of the things your team does well. By Lorrie Reynolds 55 Agility's Frozen Frontier Spaced throughout the large, often frozen state of Alaska are some very dedicated agility competitors. Despite the challenge of inclement weather, lots of travel, and long periods of darkness, agility thrives in Alaska. By Brenna Fender 61 Crash Course for the New Trial Secretary Every trial needs one, but it takes an intrepid volunteer to serve as trial secretary. Responsible for duties ranging from preparing the premium to processing entries, trial secretaries are often the only trial member to interface with every exhibitor. By Kathryn Schneider 64 Training with the Stars: Rosanne DeMascio Rosanne was practically born with a leash in her hand. Her mother, Barb DeMascio, was involved in dog training. When Rosanne was about eight, she decided that she wanted to play the game, too. She has been training dogs ever since. By Sally Silverman Columns 6 Tip of the Month By Lynne von Trapp 7 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility... By Brenna Fender 8 44 Do I Need to Learn International Handling? By exploring international-style sequences, you will be improving your overall training and handling skills. It is a matter of analyzing your cues for clarity and getting a handle on rewarding in the right place at the right time and often enough. By Sandy Rogers 59 Secrets to Perfect Timing: Recognizing Commitment To become a better handler and improve your timing, you need to learn to see the point when your dog is committing to an obstacle; you need to be able to read the dog's intention to perform an obstacle. By Kathy Keats Backyard Dogs By Sharon Freilich 47 The Judge's Debriefing By Megan Foster Cover Dog Cooska, an American Eskimo Dog, owned by Bonnie Haley. Photo by John Woolley. Clean Run (ISSN 1089-8506) is published monthly by Clean Run Productions, LLC. Principal office: 17 Industrial Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. Periodicals postage paid at South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-9902 and additional offices. © Copyright 1995-2014 Bud Houston and Clean Run Productions, LLC. All world rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Clean Run, 17 Industrial Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. January 14 | Clean Run 3

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