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Everything you always wanted to know about agility but were to ask afraid By Brenna Fender If I see something that I think is a safety issue when I’m walking the course, how should I handle it? I don’t want to appear to be a “whiner” but I’m concerned about my dog. Last weekend the tire wasn’t staked down and I’m pretty sure that both USDAA and AKC require it to be. Do you have a question about agility rules or anything else agility related? Mail your questions to Brenna Fender: brennafender@gmail.com Brenna collects the questions and forwards them to us so we never see the names. ? The safety of dogs is paramount at any agility trial. If you see a problem you should definitely report it to the judge, preferably before any dogs have run. Be as polite as possible, and when you think a rule isn’t being followed correctly, take the regulations with you and show the judge the portion relating to the problem. If you don’t have a copy of the regulations, the trial secretary should. Try to find a moment to ask to borrow them when you won’t be interrupting scoring duties if possible. Better yet, print your own copy of the regulations and bring them with you whenever you compete. Representing the Agility Association of Canada, John Willis adds, “We would never expect someone to need to quote or present any rules or regulations in order to correct a safety issue though.” One way to avoid feeling too awkward about asking for a change is to offer a way to make that change easier. Allison Bryant from the Australian Shepherd Club of America offers her opinion from a judge’s point of view: “When you see something like weaves or the tire are not staked, volunteer to stake it. It will be an appreciated gesture and the problem will be corrected quickly. Agility trials are staffed mostly by volunteers, so pitching in where needed is always appreciated and helps the trial move along quickly.” Bryant adds, “Safety is a team effort between judge, handlers, and club. If you approach it that way, almost everything can be resolved.” Is it illegal or unethical to train my dog to be rewarded or reinforced by something that I can legally carry into the ring with me? Maybe my shoe, or pant leg, or the poop bag in my pocket? I don’t plan to cue my dog to play with the item until after my run or when I’m out of the ring. are likely to be faulted or disqualified. What you do when you leave the ring, or leave the 10' restricted area around NADAC rings, will not affect the scoring of your run in most registries, although abusive behavior will never be tolerated no matter where it happens. Keep in mind that some registries may also consider a dog that tugs on clothing to appear to be behaving aggressively and may penalize the handler for that in or out of the ring. Ethics are another matter. No agility organization allows you to have toys on the course with you, even if they are tucked out of sight in your pocket. Some organizations even make that a broader rule; CPE states in the rulebook: “The handler may not carry anything that could aid the dog in its performance. Exclusion: handicapped/differently abled handlers using a cane, scooter, wheelchair, etc., to enable their progression around the course.” Even organizations that allow dogs to tug on their leashes at the end of their runs don’t allow handlers to carry their leashes with them during their runs. If you train your dog to be rewarded by something that is legal to carry in the ring, you’ve made that item a toy, which seems to conflict with the rules. Even if the judge can’t see it (like a poop bag in your pocket), is it ethical to circumvent the rules in this way? While ethics are personal, you might wish to consider what fellow competitors will think about your behavior. As Becky Woodruff from NADAC says, “The ‘judge’ in this case would be the exhibitor’s peers who witness such behaviors in training class, parking lots, or warm-up areas, as well as [the competitors’] behavior as they leave the ring at trials. Fellow exhibitors would be judging one’s sportsmanlike behavior and ethics.” D This question is tough to answer. If your dog is naturally motivated by something that you can’t help but take in the ring, then you have no real choice in the matter. You can’t run without your pants. But be advised that if you appear to lure your dog with your clothes, shoes, or another item, or you use them in the ring to your advantage in any way, then you NOTE: While it is not permissible to make copies of Clean Run magazine, we wish to give readers permission to make copies of this particular column for personal use. This means you are free to share copies of this column with students, friends, or club members. The information may also be included in not-for-profit newsletters as long as credit is given to Clean Run. April 08 | Clean Run 7

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
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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 - 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
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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
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 31
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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
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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
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - Shelter Champs: Reno
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Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - April 2008 - The Art of Electronic Timing
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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
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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
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