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• When you finish a run, your dog should be placed back on leash immediately after completing the run (at this point, another dog is waiting to be taken off leash). • When it is not your turn, guide your dog to a neutral area either on or off the course where you will not be in the path of dogs running the course. • While running a course, sometimes a particular obstacle may point your dog directly at a group of waiting dogs or an exit from the ring. If you have concerns about this, let the instructor know and an assistant can be asked to help block the exit. Note: The guidelines for managing your dog also apply before class, after class, in the building, and out of the building. The dogs that often need special attention in this regard are the younger dogs that “love everybody,” including other dogs. Their desire to socialize with every dog they see may result in their invading the space of a dog that does not welcome such exuberant advances. than trying to fold and stuff it in your pocket. Since the starting and ending points of the run are rarely in the same area, you can save class time by helping other handlers retrieve their leashes. • Admonish the dog that wants to see the world (dogs that run off the course or out of the training area). When dealt with immediately, this training problem can almost always be nipped in the bud, to everyone’s benefit. If not, the behavior rapidly becomes self-rewarding for the offending dog(s) and robs the entire group of precious class time. When dogs run off the course (for any reason), in most cases they should (at least the first time) be given a second chance. When it appears to be developing into a bad habit, the dogs must lose their turn and go to the end of the line. Or, very briefly, out of the ring for a timeout. It is a rare dog that doesn’t respond to missing a chance to “play.” Although that may mean fewer runs for a few weeks, managing the problem in this manner will be of great long-term benefit. Get Started With Our 4-Jump Kit includes all necessary pipe, fittings and jump cups to build 4 jumps that adjust from 3" to 35" in height Maximize Training Time • Take the mystery out of who goes first. During class, each dog and handler get several turns. But the question is often, “Who goes next?” If the dogs are all about the same size, anyone can go next in the first round. After that, keep it simple. Note the order you ran in the first round, and then follow that order for the rest of class. If the dogs vary in size enough to warrant adjustments in the equipment, the dogs should be grouped according to size. Then follow that order for the rest of class. • Be ready for your turn. When your turn is coming up, get your dog in position and be ready to start when the instructor signals you. Always wait until the dog that ran before you is back on leash. Keep your dog on a short leash or held by the collar until you get the instructor’s go signal. Exception: If the finish line and starting line are the same area, stay clear until the previous dog finishes and is back on leash, but be ready to move into position. What to Do Between Turns Attention games help your dog learn to focus on you (Watch Me, Auto Check-in, Eye Contact). You can calm your dog: with all the activity, it is a great time to work on calming techniques. Downtime between turns can be an excellent time to work on fine-tuning tricks and commands, especially of the obedience variety. Work on long sits and long stays in a new environment with new distractions. Note: If your dog is sizing up another dog, use one of the above techniques to get your dog to focus on you. By training your dog to focus, you will reduce the possibility of a confrontation. All the PVC You Need to Build It Yourself Final Thoughts to Consider Agility Class Is Not Fair Dogs and handlers learn and negotiate the course at different speeds. The emphasis in a beginners’ class is familiarization and overcoming any fear a dog may have of an obstacle. Therefore, some dogs will get more time and attention than others. You can still benefit by observing the training techniques that are being used for the other dogs and also apply that downtime to between-turns training techniques. • Help with course setup and changes. Obstacles get jostled, knocked down, or just have to be adjusted for different height dogs. The more people help with this, the more class time for everyone. Feel free to help out with these tasks. If you are unsure of what to do, just ask. Exception: You may have a dog that has problems when interacting with other dogs. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - December 2008

Clean Run Magazine - December 2008
Think Outside the Box (and the Ring)
Editorializing: Just One More Run
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Trainer’s Forum
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Treadmill Walking
Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style, Part 9: Common Sequences
Agility Class Etiquette
K9 Kudos: Seeing Spots
Foundation Fundamentals: Flatwork Skills Wrap-up
So You Want to Raise an Agility Star
Canine Health Care: FAQs
Conquering Ring Nerves: Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Goals?
Retraining Agility Skills
Skill of the Month
Walking the Course…Backward?
Agility Organization Update
Using Silent Running to Improve Body Language
Letter to the Editor
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - December 2008
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 3
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Editorializing: Just One More Run
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Treadmill Walking
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style, Part 9: Common Sequences
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Agility Class Etiquette
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - K9 Kudos: Seeing Spots
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 43
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Flatwork Skills Wrap-up
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - So You Want to Raise an Agility Star
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Canine Health Care: FAQs
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Goals?
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Retraining Agility Skills
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 69
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Walking the Course…Backward?
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 73
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 77
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Using Silent Running to Improve Body Language
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 84
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