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Many develop problems at an older age, and some get worse with time, and some don't.
Dogs are all different, with varying degrees of ETOs. Just as in people, not all dogs-
even those with the same diagnosis-see the same.
I decided early on that I needed to slow her down and
manage her so she wouldn't crash. I knew from my
experience with my students' dogs that ETOs were
much worse if the handler was too far ahead. So I have
worked to stay close to her, to slow her down, and
to teach her to add strides on a verbal command for
spreads and the table. This is a work in progress and
will probably always be that.
The verbals do help with the table and spreads; if I
forget, she is likely to take off too early. If I run at full
speed and allow her to run at full speed, the ETOs are
much worse. I have to manage every obstacle, staying with her as much as possible. My handling is completely different for her compared to my other dogs,
and remembering to handle her differently is a big challenge for me. I also run her at a lower height (16-inch
Preferred) and have never, ever corrected for dropped
bars. It is important not to jeopardize the confidence of
dogs with ETOs.
Fusion's vision problems were there as a puppy, and I
identified them so early that I was able to help her early
in her training. That is not the case with all dogs with
ETOs. Many develop problems at an older age, and
some get worse with time, and some don't. Dogs are
all different, with varying degrees of ETOs. Just as in
people, not all dogs-even those with the same diagnosis-see the same. I often explain it in terms of human
vision. Myself and two of my sisters are nearsighted,

yet none of us can wear one of the other's glasses, nor
do we have the same prescription. It would be silly to
think it's any different in dogs.
I am often amazed at how many people say they don't
see her ETOs at all. I've even been asked if I am going to move her up to 20 inches (she's 19.5 inches tall)
since she's doing well right now. But she takes off so
early, she barely clears 16 inches so I'm definitely not
jumping her higher to preserve her confidence and
safety! At a recent trial, I showed people one of her
Jumpers runs in slow motion and they were shocked at
what they couldn't see at normal speed. That's when
they told me they assumed that ETOs required stutter
stepping. I knew that some people believed that, but
was surprised that everyone I spoke to that day had the
same impression. Early takeoff is simply taking off early, not stutter stepping. Stuttering is generally a result of
lack of confidence in dogs with ETOs, not the cause of
it. And there are other reasons dogs may stutter step. I
did a lot of educating that weekend.
In the end, my main goal is to have my dog happily and
safely running agility for as long as she wants. D
Editor's Note: To see a video of Fusion jumping, go to
https://youtu.be/kJeX0r-aresn or go to the Clean Run
magazine YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.
com/user/CleanRunMagazine and select the playlist
called "November 2017 Clean Run - Other Videos."

Sherry Kluever is a full-time agility instructor and former AKC/FCI World Team member. She has more than 100 regular students and teaches many different breeds
from every AKC breed group, including mixed breeds. You can contact her through her website http://SherryKluever.net.

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