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LB: Why did you choose Reno? KR: He chose us. When we saw him in the shelter, he had an injured right rear leg after being hit by a car. It didn’t faze him—he bounced around happily on his three good legs and convinced us the other leg was no problem. Reno was either a lab mix or a Chinook, and he was five months old when my wife Brenda and I adopted him. LB: Did you make a rational, mindful choice? it didn’t. We had taught Reno to Go to Place for daily living, meaning we could send him to go lie down in a specific spot. I used that training in agility by sending him to Place in the contact zone. In gambles, he always got his contacts—I guess he liked to do them without having me too close to him. LB: How frequently did you train with Reno? KR: No. We had lost a dog about six weeks before and were looking for a companion for our other Lab mix, Emma. We had visited lots of animal shelters in our search for just the right dog. When we visited the Santa Ana shelter, a worker told us Reno was going to be put down that night because it would cost a lot to fix his leg. We drove away, got halfway home, and turned around. We said we would pay for x-rays, and the vet on site x-rayed his leg and said he just had deep bruising. We took Reno that night. When we left the building, an animal control truck was waiting outside to go in and put the other dogs down. That still haunts us—the dogs who didn’t make it out. LB: How did you get started in agility? Reno By Lisa Barrett Dog’s Name: KR: It varied. At times, we were taking two classes a week. But at other times, we just trained a couple of minutes a day. I spent about as much time training agility as I did brushing my teeth! We attended only one seminar in our entire career. We had taught Reno lots of household obedience, such as stays and downs and Go to Place. That basic training was a nice foundation for agility. We also took Reno to the park every day, and I suppose that was training too. Reno Titles Earned: ADCH, NATCH-4, JCH Bronze Adopted From: KR: Reno had lots of energy and some behavioral problems; he was a real pill! He tore the stuffing out of our sofa and a wing chair. When we came home after being gone all day, there would be so much furniture stuffing all over the place that it looked like it had snowed in our living room. At first we tried pretending to leave and peeking in the windows, but he was well behaved when we did that. In retrospect, he probably knew we were still there. We took him to a trainer who said Reno was smart and needed a job. He introduced us to agility. LB: What was easy about Reno’s agility training? Santa Ana Animal Shelter in Santa Ana, California Handler: © DYNAMIC DOG PHOTOS BY TRISTA Kenny Rowland LB: Describe your favorite agility moments with Reno. slalomed. When he was really amped up, he would plow through the poles, singlestriding. He completed the 60-weave pole challenge without any problem. LB: What were the challenges in training Reno for agility? KR: Everything. He took such joy in agility. Distance training was really easy. Reno had a lot of confidence and was happy working at a distance. He jumped 26", and he was a beautiful, graceful jumper. He also was a very honest dog with lots of speed. He loved to have fun, and agility was pure fun for him. He learned weave poles very quickly. We taught him weave poles by luring him with a treat through straightup poles. In trials, he sometimes hopped through the poles, and sometimes he April 08 | Clean Run KR: It took time for us to learn that it takes years to form that intense bond where we could trust each other 100%. I had to learn to just keep building that bond. Like most dogs, Reno went through phases: problems with the teeter, contacts, dropping bars. We would solve one problem and another one would crop up. Behavior is always changing. I learned to have patience and a sense of humor. We really didn’t formally train contacts in the beginning with Reno. Looking back on it, I think maybe our contact method was prayer! Sometimes it worked, sometimes KR: We loved the way he always showed his personality, even when it might have cost him a fast, clean run. At the 2001 USDAA Grand Prix in Del Mar, California, Reno took his moment of glory standing on top of the A-frame for all to admire his beauty. He charmed the crowd. On his way down the A-frame he stopped again and turned to give the crowd another look at him. He was such a ham. Another time, I had led out and released him with Okay! As soon as he was released, he ran to a gopher hole under the scribe’s chair and started digging. That was the only time he ever did anything like that, but it was very funny. He loved to dig. LB: When did you realize Reno could be a champion? KR: I never paid attention to our ribbons or placements. Reno and I just ran our 65

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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