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PULSING MAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY FOR DOGS improve these behaviors if all he’s doing is running full courses. So when I’m showing, our practice consists of working on our weaknesses, not running courses. EC: What do you consider a high rate of reinforcement to be? RC: The only way we can communicate with our dogs is through reinforcement. Whenever I am perfecting or teaching a new skill, my dogs are rewarded after every repetition. How high value the reward is will be based on their performance, but they will be rewarded after every repetition. EC: If you’ve been teaching for 12 years, you must have started agility when you were just a pup. When did you start doing agility and with which dog? RC: I dabbled in agility with several dogs but I didn’t get serious about it until Jordan and I started in 1992. EC: Were the dogs you dabbled with all BCs? If not, what breeds did you play with? Bio-Pulse® systems have been used by the US Equestrian Team for years, and now they are available for canine athletes in the form of beds and jackets. Safe, natural, and tested, PMF therapy helps • Relieve pain and stiffness caused by injury, arthritis, or hip dysplasia • Reduce swelling and control inflammation • Speed healing of soft tissue injuries • Warm up muscles prior to activity Low-cost rental plans available Visit the website for more information on PMF therapy and our products 1-800-722-1228 www.respondsystems.com RC: No, Jordan was my first BC in agility. Before Jordan, the little agility I did was with a Golden Retriever, an Irish Setter, and an Australian Cattle Dog. EC: What made you switch to Border Collies? RC: It wasn’t so much a switch as looking for the right dog for me. I’m a compulsive trainer, so I was looking for a dog that was as compulsive as I am. I did say compulsive—which means that Border Collies are not for everyone. They are more than a little bit weird and their exercise and mental requirements are quite high. I’m not at all opposed to people getting Border Collies—but know what you’re getting! EC: Was your first experience with Border Collies in agility or did you know what you were getting into? Sterling Silver Agility Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, and Charms RC: Yes, I knew—because I grew up in a small ranching community and had been around BCs all my life. EC: Once you started agility, who was the biggest influence on your agility training? Dog Toys, Treat Bags, Buckets, and much more 14k Gold and Sterling Silver Border Collie Jewelry RC: I would not be doing agility today if it weren’t for the influence of Felicia Whalen, my first instructor and the person who gave me a passion for the sport. I must also single out Rachel Long and Sheri Eames who made me believe I could go as far in the sport as I wanted. By far my biggest influences today are my fiercest competitors: Jen Pinder, Lo Baker, Diane Sanders, Gerry Brown, Stacy Peardot-Goudy, and Dana Pike—and my driven students, Alison Carter and Vanessa Mortarino. EC: What are your goals for the future? RC: More national championships! And to build the biggest agility training center in North Carolina. EC: Are there any words of wisdom you want to give someone aspiring to reach the level you have reached? RC: Yes, work on your mental game! Learn to believe in yourself and your dog as a team. Succeed at that and you will reach your goals. D www.doggytoyland.com 715.345.1314 Elaine Coupé, CPDT, is currently owned and operated by three Border Collies: Shadow, MAD, retired; ADCH-Silver Bounce; ADCH Trip; and a Beagle, Brassy, who will (eventually) do agility. Elaine and her husband, Bob, live in Oakland, Tennessee. Contact her through her website: www.memphisagility.com. Clean Run | March 08 20
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - March 2008

Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Contents
Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Give Your Dog a Running Start
On Course with Ronda Carter
Trainer’s Forum
How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes
Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games
What Is a Handling System?
Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options
Agility? Deaf-initely!
When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs
Skill of the Month
Shelter Champs: Sadie
Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition
Distance Challenge
Focus on Recalls
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening
In Cider
Letters
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Give Your Dog a Running Start
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - On Course with Ronda Carter
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - What Is a Handling System?
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Agility? Deaf-initely!
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 52
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 57
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Shelter Champs: Sadie
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 65
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Focus on Recalls
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - In Cider
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 79
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Letters
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 84
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