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® Cover THE MAGAZINE FOR DOG AGILITY ENTHUSIASTS NOVEMBER 15 PHOTOS © MATT ALLISON, VOSM, ANTOINE ALSTON 8 Mind to Win: Dealing with Disappointment Whomever you are and whatever you do, things don't always go to plan. Disappointments are part of the deal when we choose to participate in this sport. But they don't have to defeat you. Let's look at how you get yourself back up and focused after a disappointment. By Kathrine McAleese, PhD VOLUME 21 18 11 Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for the Canine Athlete PRP is used in both people and animals to help with healing. Recent studies show it to be effective in managing numerous orthopedic conditions, including osteoarthritis and soft tissue injuries. By Brittany Jean Carr, DVM, CCRT & Sherman O. Canapp, DVM, MS, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR NUMBER 11 What is Functional Fitness Anyway? Functional fitness puts you and your body first. It considers your body's strengths and its asymmetries. The outcomes are measured by how much better you can do your daily activities- whatever they may be-with ease and without discomfort, instead of how much, how fast, and how many you can do of something. By Antoine Alston 24 K9 Conditioning: Flexibility Training When dogs are asked to do performance sports they often get tight muscles that cause soreness and poor performance. Stretching avoids these problems and increases flexibility. By Bobbie Lyons, Cert CF, FitPAWS Master Trainer Course Instructor 34 As the World Turns: Blind Cross The blind cross is a technique in which the handler changes sides ahead of the dog by turning her head to her other side. It differs from a front cross in that there is no rotation toward the dog. By Mary Ellen Barry Features 5 Editorializing: It's Not Your Dog It's likely that the vast majority of competitors taking classes with their dogs have no interest in traveling across the globe or even the country to compete with their dogs. What happens when you push these kinds of competitors for perfection? By Brenna Fender 14 Keep It Simple for Success Are we making agility unnecessarily complicated? Does success on course really lie within increasingly complicated cue combinations? Let's look at simple and straightforward handling solutions for a complicated course. By Daisy Peel 21 Being an Innovative Dog Trainer: Arousal, Part 7-At Ease! Calmness We want our dogs to be in a state of default calmness. When in doubt, we want them to choose calmness as we go from place to place. When we want motivation and high arousal, then we will trigger it. By Tom Mitchell 53 Training with the Stars: Zsófi Biro This Hungarian agility handler, instructor, and judge surprises people with how much she rewards her dogs: "It comes from the heart. I don't just give them a treat to fill their mouth. For me, what the dog is doing is a real miracle, I feel the joy and it reflects to the dogs. I think that is their cue to do their best." By Sally Silverman 58 Class Plans from Happy Dog Ranch This month's class plan focuses on blind crosses. The blind cross is a powerful tool, especially for dogs that are sensitive to pressure and slow down when the handler does a front or rear cross. By Kristy Netzer 61 An Inside Look at Agility Training Centers: Dogwood Training Center Located in central Ohio, this facility sits on a 5-acre, fenced site and offers both indoor and outdoor training arenas. Classes are offered in all levels of agility and Dogwood also holds flyball and barn hunt training as well. By Brenna Fender Columns 6 Tip of the Month By Deborah Davidson Harpur 7 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility... By Brenna Fender 41 Making Your Rewards More Dynamic & Effective, Part 2 To make rewards as effective as possible in training, we need to begin drills in a positive way. This goes beyond getting our dogs excited; we must develop focused intensity at the start line-desire with control. By Stacy Winkler 47 Power Paws Drills: Adding Distance to Your Course Work Distance work allows us to send our dogs to a distant obstacle so we can get closer to the next handling challenge, but it can also help our dogs commit to obstacles on the path we set with our forward motion. By Nancy Gyes 27 The Judge's Debriefing By Kim Crenshaw 32 Backyard Dogs By Mia Grant 66 Letter to the Editor Cover Dog Ch MACH2 Nomatemba de Nordost Noir CD RN HSAds HIAs HXAs MXG MJG AXP AJP, a.k.a. Temba, a Belgian Tervuren owned by Colleen Cody of Massachusetts. Temba was nearly 16 years old when Colleen lost him last January. He did agility and herding until he was 13.5 years! Photo by Lesley Mattuchio. Clean Run (ISSN 1089-8506) is published monthly by Clean Run Productions, LLC. Principal office: 17 Industrial Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. Periodicals postage paid at South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-9902 and additional offices. © Copyright 1995-2015 Bud Houston and Clean Run Productions, LLC. 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