Clean Run - June 2012 - (Page 55)

Fro m Hoof to Wo of Each month, I’m going to share a short visualization exercise that provides solutions to many common handling problems. I’ll do this using exercises I use in riding. Happy handling! While walking each course at a trial, determine what will be the most challenging pull (or mimic the first turn). Practice a simulated pull in that direction using the warm-up fences. If your dog’s reaction isn’t as quick as you’d like, repeat it until you get the desired reaction. It’s amazing how few people use the warm-up fences at agility competitions—use them! They will help to warm up your dog physically and mentally. Then, as you line up for your course start, do some focus activities with your dog. Ask him to touch, look, spin, sit, down, shake, sit up... whatever will focus him. Your dog’s energy will be focused on you and more centered through your run. D : id er s Ca n Te H ach Warm Up at the Show By Holly Newman, photo by author Holly Jean Newman is a United States Dressage Federation Bronze Medalist and a graduate HA Pony Clubber in Eventing. She is currently showing 4th level dressage and has 3 scores remaining to earn her USDF Silver Medal. The young horse she “broke” and trained was the Mid-Atlantic Intro Level Morgan Dressage Champion in 2011. Holly also handles an ASPCA rescue Australian Shepherd, who has shown and ribboned in agility. Her sister, Heather Newman and mother Robin Newman are both successful USDAA, NADAC, and AKC agility competitors in Central Virginia. nd a ler Wh June 12 s at You’ll refer to this book again and again… R Fabulous Fun! Developing Handling Skills is the most comprehensive book available on dog agility handling. It is designed to be a resource that you will refer to for many years to come. After many years of observation, study, experimentation, and practical application, Linda Mecklenburg has arrived at a simple but comprehensive approach to agility handling that is appropriate for all dogs and handlers, from the beginner to the most accomplished competitor. Designed for puppies and dogs at any skill level, the Foundation Fundamentals program will help your clients build the skills their dogs need before starting obstacle training, as well as help them develop their dog training skills. ® 55 | Clean Run

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - June 2012

Clean Run - June 2012
Editorializing: The Other Bank Account
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Awesome Paws Drills: Skills Checklist, Part 3
On the Road Again: Safety Measures for Driving with Your Dog
Challenges for Rising Stars
Proofing Your Dog’s Weave Pole Performance
Knowledge Equals Speed! Positive Training Routines
Analyze This!
Perfecting Nutrition for Performance Dogs
Why Dogs Sniff and What to Do About It
Building Blocks: Building Skills Around the Tunnel
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
New & Common Therapies for Treating Injuries in the Canine Athlete
Agility Mind Gym: Visualization
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: Shy & Overwhelmed

Clean Run - June 2012