Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 63

The promise of a tennis ball gets Nicky to turn as tightly as his stubby little body will allow. Piggy Pointer: We are talking about control of resources, not deprivation of resources! It is a delicate balance, but you have to make sure your dog has lots of “just be a dog” time when you are not training him, as well as time where he is restricted in what he can do and has to offer you behaviors to get permission to do things he wants to do. great new stuff around him. You might only be able to get enough attention at first to do an obstacle or two, or you may literally only be able to stand in the middle of the ring and free shape some attention. You may think you are wasting the $10 you just paid to run in the match because you only did one or two obstacles with your dog on leash instead of the whole course. The reality is, however, that you will have taught your dog that attention is a reinforcing option, even away from home, instead of teaching him that it can be really fun to do a couple of agility obstacles and then run off to amuse himself. To my mind, the two jumps on leash is a much better value for the money. A Fair Exchange Swapping One Behavior for Another Now that you know what your dog loves to do, and you have gotten control over those activities, you are ready to move on to the “E” in ICE. Exchange the chance for your dog to do a hot activity in return for your dog’s performing a cold activity. You will give him access to those activities and things he naturally loves in exchange for doing something that you want him to do. This will accomplish two goals. First, your dog will learn to take it as a truth in life that if he wants something, he can get it if he does something for you. That alone will make him much more interested in doing what you would like him to do—agility. Second, if you pair a hot activity like chasing a ball with a cold activity like doing a jump, you can condition your dog to feel the same way about doing a jump that he does about chasing balls. Thus you are changing your dog’s behavior on two levels: 1. You are training him to think about how to do things that cause you to give him reinforcers You are conditioning him to have a general feeling of happiness and excitement about agility 2. Furthermore, you will be conditioning him to have an overall feeling of happiness and excitement about you in general, since you are the gateway to everything he loves. There is an ultimate benefit to following the rules of ICE. It may take months or years, but if you painstakingly exchange hot reinforcers for agility behaviors, eventually agility will take on all of the pleasurable and stimulating characteristics of hot reinforcers. Your dog will be exactly as driven to do agility as he is to shred a stuffed toy, chase a squirrel, or dig a hole. Next month, we will look at other ways of beefing up your dog’s drive to do agility. Even dogs that seem to be complete duds can become very drivey—When Pigs Fly! D Adapted from When Pigs Fly. Training Your Impossible Dog ©2007, Dogwise Publishing. Used with permission. Jane, a breeder of Bull Terriers under the Madcap prefix, has put 17 performance titles on three different Bull Terriers and is one of only three people to have put an AX and AXJ on a Bull Terrier. Her passion is helping people who have been told that their dog “just has an attitude” or is incapable of learning. She never trains for mere compliance—she teaches her students how to shape a dog that vibrates with happiness when training. She teaches both at her home and at Positive Motivation Dog Training in Belvedire, New Jersey. Contact her through her website, www.madcapbullterriers.com, or at janekillion@yahoo.com. April 08 | Clean Run 63

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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