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to obstacle focus.) It stills puts a lot of responsibility on me as a handler because I must always present the dogs with the correct obstacle, but it helps me achieve more speed because I have less obstacle management to do. Neither of these options are right or wrong, they are just different. Both are effective. But it is important to understand that in fact they are different because it affects how I handle each dog. Current course design is showing a trend toward being more technical in nature, which means it might be time to reassess. I may determine that some modification is appropriate and possibly bring back some of the elements of my system that I used in the past. A handling system ideally is flexible enough so that you can adapt to change without the entire system breaking down. don’t even know it. Still, most handlers benefit from the structure gained by using an established system. Simply following an established system correctly almost guarantees consistency. Since it can take several years to work out how to maintain consistency of cues within a system, using an established system is often the best option for most handlers. Adhering to a system facilitates your dog’s understanding of each single cue and ultimately of your combinations of cues. You should not use a single cue for different behaviors, whether intentionally or not. If so, you will confuse your dog. Your dog’s understanding of your cues and of how to prioritize your cues allows him to confidently perform the desired response. No matter what level you aspire to compete at, whether you compete just for fun or aspire to make the World Team, bolstering your dog’s confidence in your cues is of utmost importance. A confident dog is a happy dog. Confidence in your cues yields speed and accuracy. Adhering to a system helps clarify each of your responsibilities so that both you and your dog always know what to expect from each other. That knowledge leads to trust, which leads to more confidence. Finally, using a system not only solidifies your dog’s understanding of your cues, it helps assure that you know what your cues mean, which is just as important. Using a handling system helps hold you accountable for understanding how to deliver your cues and for being consistent in their use. Consistent delivery of cues results in more trust and confidence in those cues, which in turn helps your dog respond and perform at the absolute best of his ability, which is of course the desired outcome! Next month I will begin a series that will take an in-depth look at the handling system that I use. D Linda Mecklenburg is one of the most accomplished dog agility trainers and instructors in the United States. She and her students have achieved the highest levels of success in dog agility. Linda has represented the United States in international competition on 12 different occasions with four different dogs. She has earned gold and silver medals at the prestigious FCI Agility World Championships, in addition to earning multiple top ten individual placements at that event. Linda teaches agility full time at her Awesome Paws Agility Center in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Contact her at awesomepaws@aol.com. Why Use a Handling System? Many handlers get along just fine without making a conscious effort to have a “system.” If you are consistent about your cues and have a solid understanding of what each of you is responsible for, you and your dog probably have a system and Agility Obstacles for Any Flavor of Agility and competitors and manufactured by engineers with 20+ years of experience training dogs and making training equipment © PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEY • Designed by agility instructors • Safe, strong, portable, and low maintenance • Rent full rings of equipment for trials • All major credit cards accepted • Call or write for a free catalog or visit our website OFFICIAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER FOR: Clean Run Camp 2005 ESPN Great Outdoor Games 2005 es All-Star Performance Dog Association og Obedience And Agility Tournament 200 Agilit ournament 2005 CSPOTWIN Camp 2005 200 PO Box 401, 2113 Route 31 West, Weedsport, NY 13166 (800) 446-2920 (315) 776-9588 – voice (315) 776-9603 – 24 hour fax info@max200.com 36 Clean Run | March 08
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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
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