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The importance of the toy used for a target at the end of the grid cannot be overstated; it is essential to encourage the dog to look at the job at hand and drive to a target. I do prefer a toy but if a dog will not interact with a toy and food must be used, the food must then be placed on something highly visible to the dog (never a clear target). When a toy is used, do remember to actually “play” with the puppy once he has made contact with the toy! At this stage the handler should lead out to where the toy is and stand facing the same direction the dog is moving in; therefore, help is often required before the young dog has a reliable sit-stay. Even at this early age try not to allow the dog to pull against the collar before being released so as not to create a dog that is weighted on the forehand even though no height is required of the dog at this time. This photo demonstrates a puppy driving to a well-placed target on the ground while the handler is correctly positioned parallel to the target and demonstrating a correct positional cue for the young dog. This is the time for the dog to begin to learn positional cues without jumping; so remember that if you are present and in the picture, you are handling so be sure you are giving correct information to the dog. At this young age, motion from the handler is not appropriate except for shadow handling away from jumps. Note: Restrained recalls are a wonderful motivational tool, but in this case, we are discussing jumping foundation work and balance at the start line will be an important asset as noted in “Balance at the Start Line” in CR January 2008. Above all else, each session with your young dog is about building a solid relationship so remember to make each and every session a fun experience for the dog. If he is having a great time, so will you! Beginning Exercises 1 2 3 Figure 1 shows a beginning set-point exercise for a puppy. I use both 4" and 8" PVC cut into 4' or 5' lengths (or whatever length will fit between your jump standards when the PVC is placed on the ground). The pieces of PVC are then cut in half lengthwise so that each piece makes two stride regulators. Note the target is in a proper position for the dog’s path and is very visible. Many people think that the large stride regulator (8") is used for large dogs while the small one (4") is used for small dogs. This is not the case: I use them both. The big stride regulator simply tells the dog that this one requires a bigger effort on his part. At this young age the dog begins to understand that not all efforts are the same, thus helping to keep his body elastic and supple. Figure 2 demonstrates the proper setup for teaching the young dog a diagonal line or slice. I begin with the stride regulators halfway through the center of the 8" stride regulator (which represents “the jump” for the puppy). As understanding grows, the slice can then become even more severe. Note: This slice is from left to right. It would be from left to right from either end; remember to change the slice by moving the two smaller stride regulators so that the configuration changes to be right to left. 16 Figure 3 demonstrates the setup for the puppy version of beginning bend work. If you were to draw a half circle, that is what we have set up for the dog; therefore remember to set the target as demonstrated on the tight line, since that is the end result that we want to train. Down the road when the dog is older, he should be able to successfully drive the tightest lines back to the handler. It is very important with each repetition to rotate/exchange having the dog on the handler’s left with having the dog on the handler’s right so that you do not pattern only one lead for the dog. Dog on handler’s right will be a left lead bend for the dog, while dog on handler’s left will be a right lead for the dog. Dogs as well as people are either right- or left-handed; so it is very important to practice both leads while they are still young and have yet to become dominant on one side. While any dog can produce either lead, few can jump and sustain a given lead smoothly. D A lifelong horsewoman, Susan Salo has offered her insights into jumping for dogs in agility in seminars around the country, including Power Paws and Clean Run Camps, and is proud to be a part of the Say Yes Team for Susan Garrett’s Graduate Skills Camp in Toronto, Ontario. She currently resides in Woodland, California, and can be reached at Jumpdogs@aol.com. Clean Run | April 08

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - April 2008

Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Contents
Editorializing: Dog Friends Are the Best Friends
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Starting Your Pup Off on the “Right” Foot for Jumping
Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 2
Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style: Direction Cues
Trainer’s Forum
Tent Ownership Dos and Don’ts
Foundation Fundamentals: Teaching Agility Cues
Skill of the Month
Say Yes to the Learning Curve: Starting as a Team, Part 1
Classes Gone Wild
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Powering Up the Rear Legs
Spy Kids: Rules for Access and Off-Leash Control
When Pigs Fly: How to Use Your Dog’s Natural Behaviors to Train Him
Shelter Champs: Reno
The Art of Electronic Timing
Power Paws Patterns: Number Four
Jump Down Syndrome Traumatic fragmented Medial
Conquering Ring Nerves: Want to Remember the Course? Focus!
In Cider
Agility Organization Update
Letter to the Editor
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Editorializing: Dog Friends Are the Best Friends
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Starting Your Pup Off on the “Right” Foot for Jumping
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 2
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 22
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style: Direction Cues
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Tent Ownership Dos and Don’ts
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Teaching Agility Cues
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 43
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Say Yes to the Learning Curve: Starting as a Team, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Classes Gone Wild
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 52
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Powering Up the Rear Legs
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Spy Kids: Rules for Access and Off-Leash Control
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 57
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - When Pigs Fly: How to Use Your Dog’s Natural Behaviors to Train Him
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Shelter Champs: Reno
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - The Art of Electronic Timing
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 69
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Power Paws Patterns: Number Four
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Jump Down Syndrome Traumatic fragmented Medial
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 77
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 79
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: Want to Remember the Course? Focus!
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 82
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - In Cider
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 84
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 85
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 86
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 88
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 89
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 91
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 92
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