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Location Forward Cues Ahead of dog Completion side of obstacle Turning Cues Behind dog Approach side of obstacle Relative to the Jump My location relative to the plane of an obstacle naturally cues my dog, particularly in the absence of motion. My location gives my dog directional information. If I am located on the completion side of an obstacle, that is a forward cue. The farther forward I am, the stronger the cue for extension. This is especially true if I am moving forward away from the plane of the obstacle, but it is true if I am stationary as well. If I am located on the approach side of an obstacle, that is a turning cue. The farther from the turning obstacle I am, the stronger the cue for collection becomes. See Figure 3a. My location relative to the centerline of a jump naturally cues my dog as well, particularly in the presence of motion. My location to the right or left gives my dog directional information. If I am on the right side of the jump, my dog will naturally turn to the right. The closer I am to the centerline, however, the more my dog assumes he will turn away. The farther lateral I am from the centerline, the more my dog assumes he will turn toward me. This is especially true if I am moving toward the centerline, or moving away from the centerline, but it is true if I am stationary as well. See Figure 4a. Relative to Jump Relative to Jump Relative to Dog Relative to Dog Strongest Strongest extension cue extension cue Strongest extension cue Completion side Completion side Forward cue Forward cue Approach side Approach side Turning cue Turning cue Ahead of dog Ahead of dog Forward cue Forward cue Behind dog Behind dog Turning cue Turning cue Collection Collection cue cue A A Collection Collection cue cue B B 3 Location Cues Location Cues Relative to Centerline of Jump Relative to Centerline of Dog Relative to the Dog My location relative to my dog naturally provides a direction cue. If I am ahead of my dog, that is a forward cue. The farther forward I am, the stronger the forward cue. If I am behind my dog, that is a turning cue. The farther behind I am, the stronger the collection cue. See Figure 3b. My location relative to my dog’s centerline provides a direction cue, particularly in the presence of motion. The closer I am to his centerline, the more my dog assumes he will turn away. The farther lateral I am from his centerline, the more my dog assumes he will turn toward me. This is especially true if I am moving toward his centerline, or moving away from his centerline, but it is true if I am stationary as well. See Figure 4b. Left turning cue Right turning cue Left turning cue Right turning cue A B Location Cues 4 Take advantage of what comes naturally Natural cues are those that I expect my dog to respond to appropriately without excess training. Learned cues are those I must train if I expect my dog to respond appropriately. By using cues that my dog reads naturally, I feel my dog will be more likely to respond promptly and appropriately than if I depend primarily on trained skills. If someone speaks to me in a foreign language, in my mind I translate his words into English before I respond. If someone speaks to me in a language I intuitively understand, I respond immediately without the interpretive step. My dog’s ability to respond to learned cues can definitely be improved with thorough training of skills. In my opinion his responses will not be as reliable as when natural cues are used. In my system I try to take advantage of the fact that my dog reacts to certain cues intuitively so that he doesn’t have to take time to think about what his response should be. April 08 | Clean Run 27

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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