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mastered the crosses while walking, try them trotting, then running with the dog. Next you add a single jump, then several, then a series of jumps and other equipment. Front and rear crosses are probably the single most used maneuver on the agility course. (Although we can’t detail the training of crosses here, for more information, see Right On Target!, Greg Derrett’s videos, or consult an instructor.) “feel” to them, and jumps may be decorated in any number of ways. Different venues may also have slightly different requirements for the construction of equipment.You don’t have an opportunity to practice on anything different or new at a trial, so you need to get your dog comfortable with the concept of “different” beforehand. This is especially important for dogs that are easily spooked, or worry about something new. One of the best ways to counteract fear of newness is to use children’s play parks. Obviously, you’ll want to be there when children are absent, but many of the parks offer swinging bridges, tunnels, and other odd things to step on, over, and through. Make sure you use plenty of your dog’s favorite rewards, take breaks often, and use common sense on slippery equipment. © ALISSA BEHN / PET PERSONALITIES Jumping Introduction Of course dogs can jump, but on an agility course they may have to jump and turn, jump in a tight space, or “change leads” (the foot that is in front) before or after the jump. You can practice all of these things, even with a young dog, at low jump heights. Here are some great beginner exercises. First, help the dog understand where his back feet are by practicing some groundwork exercises. A ladder lying flat on the ground is a great place to start. Teach the dog to step carefully through, using a marker (click or Yes) to first select lifting the front foot. As the dog gets more fluid stepping through the rungs, start marking the rear foot lifting. (Note: For a small dog, you can use plastic gutter pieces on the ground, or even 2 x 2 pieces of wood. It’s very helpful for the dog if the “rungs” do not move in the early learning stages.) © ALISSA BEHN / PET PERSONALITIES When the dog is speedy and lifting each foot carefully to progress through the rungs, you can move to cavaletti work. Cavalettis are jumps set at a low height, also designed to teach the dog to move his feet properly. Used to condition a dog for jumping as well, cavalettis should be set at a few inches high and about one body length apart (measure from the front foot to the rear foot). The dog should be able to move easily through the cavalettis without stutter stepping (taking more than one step between the jumps). As you work with cavalettis, you can increase the stride length, or decrease the stride length and increase the height to build muscle and skill level. Remember to use lots of treats as the dog navigates the cavalettis, and to take frequent breaks (after just 5-10 sequences). These exercises can be very tiring for the dog. If you doubt that, set some jumps knee height for yourself and step through them over and over. You will quickly tire no matter how much chocolate you get for running through! You can also set the cavalettis at varying heights and varying distances apart to increase the difficulty level. Cavaletti work is great for indoor work during the winter, and for keeping the dog in good physical condition year round. When the dog is moving smoothly and effortlessly navigating the cavalettis, you’re ready to work on the actual jumping. There is a lot of good information available on teaching your dog to jump. And while you’re at it, you can also practice your crosses, Go, Out, and Close. © CLEAN RUN Getting Used to “Newness” You want your dog to be comfortable with things that look or move differently than he’s used to. While equipment is standardized to a degree, teeter s have a different You can even teach some dogs to seek out newness by marking and rewarding any interaction with a new object. The more you do this, the more excited the dog will be to touch and interact with something he has never seen before. If the dog seems hesitant at first, using a target to start the interaction can be helpful. Think in advance how this might work best for you in agility. Touching 19 April 08 | Clean Run

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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