Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 46

Verbal cues are a huge part of agility. Many competitors spend hours teaching their dogs to perform behaviors based on words instead of handler movement. But there is a growing population of agility enthusiasts who avoid using verbal cues at all. No, this isn’t part of some new handling system. These competitors are working with deaf dogs. Humans are a verbal bunch, and our tendency to talk a lot can make a relationship with a deaf dog seem foreign. An agility career seems out of the question. But the truth is, there are many “deafies” (as they are affectionately called) succeeding in agility. How do they do it? Nani owned by Ric Pisani Agility? Deaf-initely! By Brenna Fender Training Challenges Dog training is fundamentally the same regardless of the physical challenges a dog faces. “In most cases, the training is similar, handling being visual for dogs anyway, says Heather ” Gates-Rusher, whose deaf Jack Russell Terrier, Robin, has earned the ADCH, C-ATCH, and other impressive titles. Deaf dogs can be very focused on visual cues. “That can be problematic though—Robin is so into body language that a physical cue has to be very precise; a turn [to the] left just slightly too enthusiastic can send her into unintended stratospheres, ” Gates-Rusher says. Other owners have also had this problem with their deaf dogs that seem to be even more in tune with body language than their hearing counterparts. Australian competitor Janine Carson has become aware of her physical cues since she began training her deaf Australian Cattle Dog, Peppi: “She is so adept at reading my body language; I have to be very careful that [it] is spot on. Erin James, ” who owns a five-year-old deaf Jack Russell Terrier, says 46 that a deaf dog is “visually much more tuned in than a hearing dog, so any and all body movements of the handler are watched by the dog. She adds, “In agility, ” those micromovements can be the difference between a good, clean run and a disaster. Lisa Hetzel has had ” similar experiences running her deaf Great Dane, Faith. “I have to remember that any movement or hand signal means something to her. ” it’s hard to make a change, ” she adds. If a deaf dog starts to go off course, options for saving the run are limited. Ayres says, “I think the hardest part is you can’t call them off the wrong obstacle if they’re not looking at you. ” Some handlers find that their deaf dogs don’t handle rear crosses well. “The rear cross was particularly difficult because she would spin the other way to see where I was going, says Rick Pisani ” about his four-year-old deaf Australian Shepherd, Nani. Pisani, who won the second AKC National Obedience Championship with his hearing dog, MacDuff, spent a lot of time training crosses. “We now have beautiful rear crosses that have been very helpful with our advanced work, he says. Ayres has ” had a similar problem: “I can’t do rear crosses because Hope is so glued to me; it confuses her if she can’t see me change direction. Carson adds, “I was ” never able to cross behind Peppi as she hated losing sight of me on course. ” Tunnels are particularly challenging for deaf dogs because they cut off all communication with the handler. Lisa Martin, whose deaf Dalmatian Holly has Canadian Masters titles, explains, “When Holly does a tunnel or chute, I have to wait until she’s actually out of the tunnel before being able to give her the next sign, unlike hearing dogs that can be told when they are still in the tunnel/chute. ” Leanne Lohmeyer, owner of deaf Miniature Australian Shepherd Cody, adds, “There’s no way to communicate with Cody while he’s in a tunnel so my cue for where to go next needs to come before he enters or after he exits and looks to me for information. Waiting ” until Cody leaves a tunnel to signal the next obstacle causes problems. “It slows him down and frustrates him not knowing where to go next, Lohmeyer says. ” Adaptations While some handlers of deaf dogs have a basic system of indicating the next obstacle on the course and use the same body language that hearing dog owners do, many teach at least some signals that represent the names of particular obstacles. “I recommend that my students train the obstacle signals from the beginning. They will eventually fade them as they progress; when they are needed later, it’s much better to have them already in your arsenal of sign vocabulary than to start training a new set of commands, says Gates-Rusher, ” who has taught several deaf dogs in classes as well as her own. Pisani is another believer in using hand signals to represent individual obstacles. Additional hand signals are very important as well, since they are a major form of communication between a handler and a deaf dog. In fact, Carson suggests that clear and precise hand signals are the main adapClean Run | March 08 Faith owned by Lisa Hetzel Learning to communicate with a deaf dog during the excitement of a fast and furious agility run is the single biggest challenge of most competitors. Handlers must remain in their dogs’ line of sight during most of a run. “You really have to watch your body language and your dog, says Lorraine ” Ayres, who owns Hope, a white Australian Shepherd. “If they’re not watching you,

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
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1219
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1119
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1019
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0919
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0819
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0719
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0619
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0519
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0419
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0319
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0219
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0119
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1218
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1118
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1018
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0918
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0818
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0718
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0618
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0518
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0418
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0318
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0218
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0118
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1217
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1117
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1017
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0917
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0817
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0717
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0617
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0517
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0417
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0317
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0217
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0117
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1216
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1016
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0916
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0816
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0716
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0616
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0516
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0416
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0316
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0216
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1015
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0915
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0815
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0715
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0615
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0515
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0415
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0315
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1214
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1014
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0914
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0814
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0714
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0614
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0514
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0414
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0314
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0214
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1213
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1013
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0913
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0813
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0713
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0613
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0513
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0413
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0313
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0213
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/comp-demo
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/1006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cleanrun/0106
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com