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to cross behind my back at any other time; they may cross behind me only when I cue them to do so. I see benefits to using the blind cross in many situations. It can provide flow and smoothness to your run; it can be easier for the dog to follow; it can make the handler seem faster; it can make running easier on handlers with bad knees; it can be very motivating for the dog; and so on. And it’s also really cool to perform! Regular turns can easily be confused with blind crosses by both dog and handler if the handler’s signals aren’t clear. In both situations you are turning away from your dog’s line, but this still shouldn’t cause any problems or misunderstandings as long as you have the cue that makes your dog choose a side under control. To the dog, there has to be a clear difference between the cues. When your dog is behind you, he should know what side he’s on by your driving shoulder, your clear hand cue, where you’re looking, and through a verbal cue. With the regular turn, these cues should be shown and remain on the side that the dog is on, even if you turn away. When you want to indicate a turn with a blind cross, all these cues should be transferred to your new side, and you should (just as with the front cross) be heading toward the next obstacle or the next important spot before the dog takes off. In my June 2009 CR article, I discuss foundation training for understanding the differences between a regular turn and a blind cross and cues for both. hand out = dog out In a previous article, I described how you can build the meaning of your bringing your hand in (hand in = dog in). Now let’s look at how to train your dog to be independent and how to reinforce the connection between hand out = dog out. If your dog isn’t sure what you mean when you send him, first devote time to training just that. You have to trust your dog to work independently if you are to get ahead of your dog and place yourself strategically on course. Here’s an example with a tunnel: It’s a good idea to put a bar on the ground so you have a visual reminder of where to stop and to make sure that it’s not your motion (instead it’s your shoulder, your hand, and your verbal cues) that cues your dog to take the tunnel. Begin with a shorter distance and heavily reward your dog every time he runs all the way to the tunnel. Gradually increase the distance. Be clear with your driving shoulder, your leading hand, and your verbal cues so these cues trump your very distinct motion to the side. Pay attention to how you say the cue for the tunnel; dogs are very much affected by the way we use our voices! Working on hand out = dog out a B C D Missing a Clean Run can be painful. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you–check your mailing label. Months Left the number of issues, including Bonus Months, remaining in your subscription AUTO**3-DIGIT 802 BONUSMTHS 3 MTHSLEFT 8 P 245 CECILIA SNAPDRAGON S 99 17 INDUSTRIAL DRIVE SOUTH HADLEY MA 01075 PHOTO BY DOUG DUKANE/SPOT SHOTS |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||| | ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ||||||| || Bonus Months issues we’ve added to your subscription because you referred a new subscriber ® Renew online at www.cleanrun.com Or call 800.311.6503, Outside the US 413.532.1590 Clean Run | September 09 76
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - September 2009

Clean Run Magazine - September 2009
Contents
Editorializing: The Finger of Blame
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
When Pigs Fly: The Ins and Outs of Serpentines, Part 3
Trainer’s Forum
Can You Handle It?
My Favorite Course
Shelter Champs: Auggie
To Stretch or Not To Stretch?
Comparing the Derrett and Mecklenburg Handling Systems, Part 7: Serpentines
Distance Challenge
Power Course Analysis
Foundation Fundamentals : Delegating Distance
Motion Discrimination
Training Dogs to Work with Physically Limited Handlers
Power Paws Drills: Inside/Outside Loop Drills
Hope: Our First Year
Jenny’s Guide to Successful Teamwork: Front and Blind Crosses, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Clean Run Magazine - September 2009
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Editorializing: The Finger of Blame
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - When Pigs Fly: The Ins and Outs of Serpentines, Part 3
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 22
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Can You Handle It?
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - My Favorite Course
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Shelter Champs: Auggie
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - To Stretch or Not To Stretch?
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Comparing the Derrett and Mecklenburg Handling Systems, Part 7: Serpentines
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Power Course Analysis
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Foundation Fundamentals : Delegating Distance
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 52
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 57
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Motion Discrimination
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Training Dogs to Work with Physically Limited Handlers
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 65
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Power Paws Drills: Inside/Outside Loop Drills
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Hope: Our First Year
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Jenny’s Guide to Successful Teamwork: Front and Blind Crosses, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 77
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 79
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 81
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