Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 42

Seeing Spots By Martha Faulk, photos by Calvin Barnard except where noted If you’re involved in agility competition in the southwest, you’ve probably seen Jane Winkler of Albuquerque, New Mexico, running her Dalmatians. Jane is a wiry woman who always seems to be on course with a variety of eye-catching “Spotty Bodies,” as she likes to call them. She has had astounding success with a breed some have described as hard to train. Over the past 12 years, Jane has rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed over 120 Dalmatians. She has trained and handled many of them to over 230 agility and obedience titles in AKC, ASCA, NADAC, UKC, and USDAA. Impressively, Jane accomplished all this while working full-time as a dental hygienist. MF: How did you become interested in Dalmatians? JW: When I was about 10 years old, I was given a wonderful Dalmatian puppy that I named Prince. I trained him to do many tricks and took him to horse shows and the barn where I kept my pony. Prince helped me earn a little money to support the pony by amusing spectators as he led horses around by the reins and also jumped onto the pony’s saddle. I taught him over 40 commands and never thought he was hard to train. MF: When did you begin training Dalmatians? JW: When I moved to Albuquerque after a 20-year career in the military, I found Koshare, my first Dalmatian rescue, in 1992. Koshare, who had been returned to the breeder because of both dog and people aggression, was a spirited “double patch” (two black ears) puppy. I tried a couple of different obedience classes with him, but I was discouraged by the instructors’ attitudes toward Dalmatians. One instructor suggested I get a different breed because “Dalmatians make very poor competition obedience dogs.” Another instructor told me to drop the class because I wasn’t progressing fast enough. MF: How did you find training techniques that worked for you? JW: Fortunately, about that time, a well-known obedience trainer, Patty Russo, came to town and showed me how to use food as a reward. Koshare blossomed with the use of food rewards and earned his CD in four tries. He earned his CDX title in AKC as well as obedience titles in ASCA and UKC. He also became my first Dal to earn his AX and AXJ in AKC. MF: How did you get started in agility? JW: About the time I was having success training Koshare in obedience, I acquired another Dalmatian, a rescue puppy bitch named Chelsea. Since she wasn’t responding to food rewards, someone in my obedience class suggested I try agility as a way to motivate her. Chelsea was an excellent jumper, but she was inconsistent in performance. I later discovered that she was unilaterally deaf and believe that may have kept her from hearing directional commands. Even with her performance problems, she earned 27 titles, the most of any of my Dals. I was especially proud that she was my first Dal to earn three NADAC Elite titles. MF: Which training methods have you found helpful? JW: I think I’ve been influenced by my early work with horses, especially dressage training. I believe in training directional cues, (L to R) Coorain, Honey, Jane and Rodeo 42 (L to R) Jane with her current agility Dals, Honey and Coorain Jane longeing her Dal © Ken Gee Original rescue Dals in 2000, clockwise: Arson, Patch, Holly, Chelsea, Ole, Koshare Clean Run | December 08

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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