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Spy Kids Spy Kids Rules for Access and Off-leash Control By Nancy Gyes, photos by Marcy Mantell Photography Sweep and the Spy kids are 16 months old. All five of these male pups are with experienced handlers who have older competition agility dogs. This is the second Border Collie for three of the owners and the first one for the other two. Besides Sweep, I get to see the other pups occasionally at shows, and one of them is in group class here at Power Paws with instructor Moe Strenfel. Their behaviors are pretty typical of driven young male dogs. I think I can safely speak for the owners in making a general statement that teaching these driven dogs to have social skills and good manners has been the main focus of their training. The agility training has come pretty easy now that the pups are learning to delay gratification and realize that there are rules for access to the things they want. They have learned through toy-control games, and stay and crate training to be able to wait for cues that allow access to food and toys. Zen cookie games, stay training, heel work, and circle work have all been important parts of Sweep’s education and of his learning self-control. I hope this training will continue to translate into Sweep’s controlling his impulses to react without thinking, like his being able to sit patiently and watch us while waiting for his agility run to begin while another dog is on the course ahead of him. Self-control does not mean that we expect Sweep to have the ability to ignore distractions through some innate ability. He was not born with this understanding; it is taught and will continue to be trained and reinforced throughout his life. Sweep is far from perfect. He is excited by moving dogs and exciting handlers. Jim works hard at keeping his attention in stimulating environments. This month Sweep is practicing doing 30-minute down-stays and at least 5-minute sit-stays. He is being reinforced at variable times throughout the stay and is simply taken back to the sit or down location if he breaks during the session. The down-stays are trained throughout the house, sometimes while Jim is working at his desk or we are preparing a meal. Rules for Access When Sweep sees a toy on the ground or an agility obstacle on the field that he would like to grab, we want his reaction to be one of looking to us for a cue to allow him access to those things. If Sweep wants access to jumps, he has to first move, under control, beside us and off leash to line up by the jump. He also must wait without moving the first time we ask him to sit and stay. If Sweep wants access to a toy in our hand he needs to wait until he is asked to get it. Even though he wants out of his crate in the morning or out the front door when we open it, he has learned that he will not be granted access until he does something for us. Sometimes that is a behavior, like lying down in the crate or sitting at the door, or standing patiently and waiting. On the contacts his access to us, the toy, or the next obstacle is cued only after he meets our criteria for performance of his behavior in the contact zone. If Sweep wants access to the field to train he must walk at our side without pulling, otherwise he will not be taken into the training yard. 54 Herding Dog Stuff Circling behaviors should not be tolerated in your agility dog. Try not to let your dog circle you or obstacles, and when training agility, do not fix problems by circling back to an obstacle if you have a dog that ever runs around you or an obstacle. See Figures 1 and 2. Herding dogs have instinctual circling tendencies. Don’t reinforce them. Your dog should always be rewarded for returning directly to the front of you, with his head not passing your side. This is also referred to as the “blind cross body line.” Off-leash Control Sweep has been taught to stay at both our right and left side through the heel work and flat work previously discussed in these articles. Sweep seems willing to stay with us and is attentive to us while in these positions. Jim will not show Sweep if he cannot heel him into the agility ring off leash. Jim and I normally take our leashes off by the ring gate and take our dogs into the ring off leash. They are under our verbal control and Sweep will be 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
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