Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 82

Letter to the editor Dear Clean Run, I recently entered my first AKC trial with my two-year-old dog. Waiting through a long day of trialing, I enjoyed watching the Excellent teams negotiating the courses and learned lots of great handling tips. However, I was appalled at one handler who was quite verbally aggressive with her dog when he started to go off course, which happened four times in the Standard ring. I was embarrassed to see her in the Excellent ring, I was embarrassed there were spectators viewing this behavior, and I felt concern for the dog. The team qualified! And now I was not embarrassed, I was disgusted. A large crowd of supporters cheered loudly! They thought this was a successful run? Another woman sitting close by and obviously a Novice also questioned, “I guess this is what you have to do to Q?” My feelings were this handler and her support group only cared about Qs and not about her dog. This was not a team. This was a woman in the ring competing way over her ability to train. This was all about ego. It was appalling to watch. The same judge who allowed her to earn the Q commented to our Novice class the next day, “Remember, you are here to have fun with your dog!” Well, if so, why are teams who are so obviously mistreating their dog partners allowed to Q? And why do other handlers support this mistreatment by wildly and enthusiastically cheering the one-sided win? Doesn’t that reaction encourage more mistreatment? I see lots of ads in CR celebrating the titles and now I wonder how they got there? I would rather see a comment like, “It took us forever, but we enjoyed every trial.” Or “I learned so much about what my dog needs from me to be successful.” I decided right there that I would prefer to stay in Novice and learn how to be a better team player for my dogs, make sure they are properly trained for what I’m asking them to do, and if I don’t enjoy the run at the end, I need to go back and re-evaluate my motives. Verbal aggression is still aggression. Why is it tolerated? Linda Course Diagram Keys 1 1 1 1 1 BC FC FT RC LOP RFP Moving? It can take 6-8 weeks for changes of address to take effect. Change your address online on the Magazine Forum page at www.cleanrun.com or call us with the information. FC Subscription Problems or Questions? Contact Clean Run Inside the US: 800.311.6503 Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm EST Outside the US: 413.532.1389 Fax: 413.532.1590 © PHOTOGRAPHY BY LESLEY Email: info@cleanrun.com Write: Clean Run 17 Industrial Drive South Hadley, MA 01075 Online Store: www.cleanrun.com If you have any questions about your subscription or you need to report a problem with delivery, contact info@cleanrun.com. Please note that replacements for missing issues cannot be sent out until the 12th of the month (for example, May 12 for the May issue for US subscriptions) and the 25th of the month (for example, May 25 for the May issue) for Canadian and overseas subscriptions. Delivery times for periodicals mail can vary even within the same city, so please be patient and wait until the 12th to report a missing issue. However, issues that have been damaged in the mail should be reported immediately. FT D3 D2 D1 T H2 H3 H1 Letters to the Editor We welcome comments on the magazine as well as letters to the editor. Please send to letters@cleanrun.com 82 Clean Run | September 09
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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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