Clean Run - November 2012 - (Page 19)

© DAVID HUTCHISON © MIKE LIFER PHOTOGRAPHY Trainer: Jeannette Hutchison Base: Cordova, Maryland Years competing in agility: 20 Venues of competition: AKC and USDAA Number of national competitions: USDAA, 14 Number of international competitions: 4 Greatest accomplishment: 2011 World Agility Open Games Gold-medal Champion Words of wisdom to share: “Dare to dream.” Best agility advice ever received: Clicker training teaches the dog there is value in working. Favorite treat: Ivette White’s Jumping Jack moist treats with all natural, healthy ingredients. Most unusual training tool she has ever seen: “I once had a student whose dog loved to chase and tug on a whisk broom!” Piece of technology that has benefited her training: Video camera Good luck charm: Prayer and faith in God. If she weren’t doing agility she’d do: “Frisbee because it is about the relationship. Flyball and dock diving would be fun, too.” If she weren’t training dogs she’d: Go back to working with horses. Qualities she looks for in a puppy: Structure, temperament, and personality. “I will give a little on structure, but not on temperament. Drive is important but I don’t want frantic. I listen to my heart as well; I want there to be a connection.” Always in her trial bag: Water bottle, collapsible water bowl, clicker, poop bags, moist treats, Charlee Bears, rope tug toy, tennis ball, felted wool ring toy, tissues, Chapstick. November 12 | Clean Run Training with the Stars Jeannette Hutchison By Sally Silverman “To me,” says Jeannette Hutchison, “agility is obedience on the run.” While that statement might raise the eyebrows of some agility competitors, it captures a concept that has proven highly successful for Jeannette, whose latest coup is a bronze, silver, and two gold medals captured at the 2012 IFCS World Championships in Texas, and a Gamblers win at the 2012 World Agility Open Championships in Belgium. “All the training in the world is worth nothing without obedience.” Having an obedient dog, with independent obstacle performance, is the way a competitor will be free to handle a course. I Can! Jeannette started obedience training as a way of rehabilitating dogs that were being euthanized for inappropriate behavior. “I hated that. I saw many cases in which the behavioral issues were a direct reflection of the dog’s environment and lack of rules. To me, if you have an obedient dog, there isn’t anything you can’t do together.” Learning the Game Jeannette starts teaching obstacle performance around 10 to 12 months of age depending on the maturity of the dog both mentally and physically. She will introduce jumping with collection and extension, and rear-end awareness for a two-on/two-off behavior at the end of contacts. Her dogs learn there is value in the nose touch at the end of a contact 19

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

Clean Run - November 2012
Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Backyard Dogs
The Four Agreements
Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Being a Good Student, Part 1
Analyze This!
Tips for Weave Pole Entries
Not a Practice Dog Anymore
The 2-Minute Warm-up
The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
What Is a Ketschker Turn?
Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out

Clean Run - November 2012