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Trainer’s Forum By Brenna Fender Olga Chaiko Yo u ’ v e p r e t t y m u c h answered your own question. Concentrate on skills training, such as startline behavior, contacts, and your dog’s understanding of jump configurations, including the ones that require front crosses. Don’t try to beat your dog to a position; dogs have four legs and will always win. Instead, develop skills where your dog is clear about what his job is and is willing to do it, while you are confident directing the dog. Work on short sequences and reward your dog and yourself for successful attempts. When walking a course, look for places where you can reunite with your dog. Tackle each segment of the course and don’t try to “push through.” Any time you feel that you are late, stop being in a hurry. It is not a joke and it is much easier said then done. Teach yourself to counteract pangs of anxiety with constructive responses. Keep moving in the intended direction and do not succumb to panic and shouting commands. The feeling of being late and incapable of directing your dog is just your perception. With time and training you’ll be surprised how much time you actually have on the course. The best way to cure yourself of the feeling that you are late is to put yourself behind the dog by design, using a rear cross. A rear cross requires the handler to be behind the dog and the dog to go ahead to the next obstacle. Since the rear cross also implies a turn, the handler gains the advantage of a shorter path and can easily get ahead of the dog if the course so requires. When directing the dog from behind, you have the best view of the dog’s path and intended direction and that will help your confidence. Teach your dog a basic send, so that he will commit to an obstacle and take it even if you aren’t beside him. Don’t rely on the dog’s Everyone tells me that I need to run faster to be successful with my dog. I’m doing the best that I can, but I just can’t keep up with him. I can’t get in position to make front crosses, work the contacts, or otherwise be ahead of him to show him where to go. I’d appreciate advice other than “run faster.” I’m willing to put in training time to develop our skills, but since this is my first agility dog I don’t know where to start. Olga and MACH6 ADCH Luz, LAA-Platinum, Grand Prix and Steeplechase finalist, represented the U.S. at the 2006 IFCS World Championships and brought home five medals. Olga lives in Los Angeles, California, where she offers private lessons, seminars, and online instruction at her virtual agility school, www.AgilityDynamite.com. momentum to automatically carry him forward; instead play games where the dog willingly engages a single obstacle while you are standing still. While working on the send skill the dog will learn obstacle names and directional voice cues such as Go, Left, and Right. At the same time you will learn the skill to support your dog without trying to be physically next to him. It takes two to dance the agility dance. No fancy handling move is going to do you any good if you and your dog are not connected on the course. Work on increasing the attention level between you and your canine partner. Mutual awareness and team effort to perform a sequence will empower you with a new “we can do it” feeling and help you shed the sense of always being late and incapable of success. As far as working the contacts, if you mean providing your dog with support to perform a trained Rob Michalski To some extent, most handlers are faced with the same problem that you are—our dogs run much faster than we can. And thank goodness we have that problem. However faultless, it wouldn’t be as much fun to run a dog that we could simply “lead by the nose” over every obstacle through the entire course as it would be to run one that required us to compensate for his speed. I think your first step is to find a trainer who Rob, who lives in Salinas, California, is a student at Power Paws Agility in San Jose and teaches his own agility classes at several locations in northern California. Rob has competed in agility for 15 years and has handled several ADCH dogs, a USDAA Top Ten Finalist, and a USDAA Grand Prix and Steeplechase Finalist. Contact him at rmichalski@scu.edu. can show you how to teach your dog to perform obstacles independently, regardless of your position. Independent obstacle performance requires that the handler be able to recall the dog over or through the obstacle, send the dog ahead through the obstacle, and run alongside the dog as he performs the obstacle, while at a significant lateral distance from the handler. Train each of these three components of independent performance separately from one another to simplify the process. It may take a while for you to train your dog to perform a complex obstacle like the teeter or the weaves with speed and accuracy while you are at a distance, but once you have achieved independent performance of these obstacles, then you won’t have to be as fast as the dog is to work them. The next step would be to incorporate this distance-handling ability into running sequences. Sending a dog ahead to a tunnel or out to a contact obstacle might permit you to cut a corner in your own handling path and get to a front-cross position much more easily than if you had to baby-sit the dog over each obstacle. Likewise, you can train your dog to 30 Clean Run | April 08
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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
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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
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Starting Your Pup Off on the “Right” Foot for Jumping
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 2
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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
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Tent Ownership Dos and Don’ts
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Teaching Agility Cues
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Skill of the Month
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Say Yes to the Learning Curve: Starting as a Team, Part 1
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Classes Gone Wild
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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
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - When Pigs Fly: How to Use Your Dog’s Natural Behaviors to Train Him
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Shelter Champs: Reno
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - The Art of Electronic Timing
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Power Paws Patterns: Number Four
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Jump Down Syndrome Traumatic fragmented Medial
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: Want to Remember the Course? Focus!
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 82
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - In Cider
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Agility Organization Update
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
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