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Only a small percentage of us come to the sport of agility with camping experience. Yet, one of those early lessons in trialing expertise is the importance of having a sturdy and weatherproof shelter; unfortunately, lessons on tent maintenance and safety are not so easily obtained. Most of us start with a “no frills” pop-up cabana or shade canopy from a big-box store. From there, we graduate to fancier accommodations, such as a screenroom with awnings. Unfortunately, discount stores do not have trained staff on hand to assist new tent owners with setup and maintenance. The problem is compounded when we upgrade to a high-end tent because many retailers of high-end sporting goods assume their clientele have a certain camping expertise. To add insult to injury, most tent manufacturers do not have the agility competitor in mind when they design tents. Tents are made to be put up and to remain up for stretches of time, and also to be used primarily at night, protected from the harmful effects of UV light. Generally campsites include a few tents, maybe a dozen, but certainly not the 25 to 100 tents that can be scattered across a field, usually in close proximity, during an agility trial. Nor is the week-in/week-out, months-at-a-time, wear and tear of continual set up and break down during an agility season anticipated. We trial through all kinds of weather and we expect that our tents will withstand constant use, not just for a single trial season but for a period of years. Making sure that our tents are properly cared for, pitched, and staked not only benefits us, but it is also a safety consideration for all those who frequent trial sites. Tent Ownership Dos and Don’ts By Rena Barnett, photos by Clean Run except where noted Straighten Up and Pitch Right Tents are secured to the ground by the stakes hammered into the ground, the guy lines attached to those stakes, and the crosstension created by the interlocking or overlapping poles pulling against the tent fabric. Depending on the tent used, different techniques and materials are necessary to ensure that the tent is properly secured to the ground. Under no circumstances should any tent be left unsupervised and unsecured, even while dismantling it. Tents that are lightweight or quick to set up may need extra support to prevent their capsizing or flying away. Still, even the sturdiest of tents can act like a parachute in the wind if not securely tied down. Stakes Stakes are made of plastic, steel, or aluminum (very expensive stakes are made of titanium) and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Stakes are your tent’s anchors; they pin the tent to the ground. Generally, the larger the tent, the more stakes needed to secure it. While many tents come with a set of stakes, stakes are often lost or broken; buying an extra set of stakes is a wise investment. Bring extras with you to every show. Good for top-heavy canopies TIP: Drive the stakes into the ground at a 45° angle from the base of the tent. Do not drive the stakes all the way into the ground or it will be difficult to pull them out later on. A thumb’s distance from the ground to the stake is usually sufficient space for a hammer’s claw to grab onto a stake and pull it out, but not enough space to allow a heavy wind to rip a stake out of the ground. recommended for these shelters. You can buy stakes made especially for canopies that have a corkscrew-like end that can be twisted into the ground. Another option is to use weight bags with quick-release pins. Regardless of the type of stake you select, make sure the stake has a hook to catch the loop of your guy line. Without a hook, the guy line (and even the tent fabric) can slide off the stake, leaving the stake in the ground and the tent flying in the air. Good for soft, loose, wet soil Good in dry, hard ground Thin stakes work best in hard ground, whereas wide-angled or curved stakes work best in soft or moist ground. In sand, only snow pegs will work. Canopy tents can have Good in sand as few as four stake points, but the tents tend to be very top heavy. Therefore, extra-long steel stakes are 34 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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