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© CLEAN RUN © KAREN AND IAN STEWART Tunnels Open tunnels and closed tunnels (chutes) at the start of a course require you to break out accessories provided with each system. There are short standards provided with the adjustable light curtain systems to be used when a course begins with a tunnel or a chute. They are to be used so that we don’t confuse the dogs with tall standards which may look to a dog like a jump rather than a tunnel. Similarly, a set of short light curtains (eye #3) are provided with the full-height light curtain systems to be used when a course begins with a tunnel or chute. When an open tunnel is used at the end of a course, there is no need to use the short standards or eyes because the dog doesn’t see the tall standards because they are obscured by the tunnel walls. The chute is not suitable for use as the last obstacle on a course with electronic timing since it is not safe to place the eyes at the end of the chute for several reasons: 1) Dogs do not tend to come out of a chute straight so there is the possibility that they might run into the eyes when exiting and hurt themselves and/or the eyes; and 2) Handlers might trip over the eyes as they focus on gaining control of their dog at the end of the course. light curtains, they can be substituted for the back two corner markers of the broad or long jump and will record the finish time as they will capture a dog at whatever height he passes through the beams. Myths about Electronic Timing There are a few myths about the use of electronic timing that may be applicable to your club. • If the bottom display on the controller is blinking Eyes Off, the batteries need to be changed. Not true. The display blinks Eyes Off during walk-throughs and during the opening sequence of Gamblers. Blinking simply means that beam breaks are appropriately ignored at these times. • When using the system outdoors, the position and intensity of the sun can cause the eyes to either miss a beam break or record a false beam break. Changing batteries will not fix this problem. It is imperative that the sun be behind the receiver eye. Be sure that the sun is not shining directly into the eye with the antenna on the older systems or the red capped eye on the new systems to avoid these problems. • You can expect the batteries to last for six or more full days of use at a trial. Shutting them off during course changes and walk-throughs does very little to extend battery life; it often causes the first dog on course afterward to be missed because the eyes were not turned back on. The best way to conserve battery life is to be sure they are turned off at the end of each day and be sure that the batteries are removed from the eyes at the end of each trial before the systems are put in storage. Most importantly, be sure that the batteries are inserted with the correct polarity because incorrect polarity will cause the batteries to overheat and expire quickly, not to mention possibly leaking acid, which can do serious damage. • Generally it is not necessary to change batteries during a trial unless the LED at the top of the eyes is blinking on and off signifying that the batteries will most likely expire in about two hours. The controller has a low-light indicator for the battery in the upper right corner of the lower display that will blink when the batteries are down to 5% of full capacity. • Second or third passes on the start eye do not require programming of the controller as subsequent passes on the start eye are not recorded by the controller. Second or third passes on the finish eye can be programmed into the controller. The controller is programmed to ignore beam breaks for 2 seconds after the finish beam is triggered to avoid false indications caused by falling bars or dog’s tails. When testing the finish eye to confirm it will stop on pass 2 or 3, be sure to be patient and break the beam only after 2 seconds have elapsed. • The most common fallacy at AKC trials is that you need to put the maximum course time into the controller. The controller actually needs the standard course time (SCT) entered because it automatically calculates the maximum course time using the SCT that is given. Broad or Long Jump The broad or long jump is never used to start a course but has been used on occasion at the end of a course. The adjustable light curtains do not reliably capture the finish time as the heights they are calibrated to anticipate are for the dog either jumping a specific height or coming out of a tunnel. As a result, we don’t recommend using a broad jump at the end of a course with the adjustable light curtains. If a club has the full-height 70 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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