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such as Left and Right. I have trained many of my Dals to work on a longe line, getting them to work off their hindquarters as they change direction. Longe work is a good way to exercise them and take the edge off an energetic dog—just like with horses. I also use cavaletti jumps to help the dogs learn both to extend and to collect their strides. Early on, I made my own agility equipment for the backyard so I could improve my skills. I don’t really train with anyone else, and have relied on the training information from Clean Run magazine. I have every issue since 1996. I also recommend the book, Flatwork: Foundation for Agility by Barb Levenson, since I’m a big believer in the benefit of flatwork for dogs. MF: Who has helped you the most with rescuing and training Dals? JW: In 1996 at the Dalmatian Club of America national specialty, we were warned about the probable increase in the Dalmatian population as a result of the upcoming release of the Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians. That increase was certainly evident here in New Mexico, where some people bred Dalmatians for the money and didn’t seem to care much about health and temperament problems, or if the puppies went to good homes. Lyn Melin from a Dalmatian rescue group in Albuquerque has rescued even more Dals than I have, and if it weren’t for her, I never would have had Coorain or Honey. Lyn discovered Coorain, a “liver” Dal about 18 months old, at the Westside shelter here. He had been found emaciated almost to the point of death alongside a desert highway. Lyn spent hours reviving him with hand-fed chicken soup. But to her dismay, he wasn’t house trained, climbed fences, and had a loud “sing-song” bark. My good friend Calvin Barnard has helped me with a number of rescues over the years. He built our original agility equipment and also helped with the extraordinary veterinary bills we’ve incurred with some of the rescues. He trains and handles some of the dogs and handled Arson, another rescue with an amazing story, for his final MACH run in June 2005. MF: Many of your rescues have succeeded after a rocky start in life. Tell us about some of the stories. JW: After Coorain recovered from near starvation, I started him in AKC agility in 2004. The Dalmatian Club of America compiles year-end rankings of all Dalmatians competing in AKC, and they ranked Coorain in the top 10 both in Open in 2005 and Excellent A in 2006. We entered our first USDAA trial last year, and he earned most of his Performance Dog I titles by the end of the year. My goal for Coorain is to earn his Performance Dog II versatility title in 2008. One of my dogs, Arson, was found at a shelter in 2000, just after the big fire in Los Alamos, New Mexico, destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced many animals. Arson was big and strong and loved agility but was often out of control. Since Calvin is stronger and faster than I am, he and Arson made a good team. Early in training, Arson decided to bail off the top of the A-frame, ignoring his Touch command, but Calvin caught all 70 pounds of him in midair and plopped him down at the base of the A-frame. Arson seemed to get the message. Calvin and I both ran him, but it was Calvin who achieved his last Double-Q for the MACH. They also earned their NADAC O-EAC. Perhaps the most horrific rescue story was Patch, named for the large patch over his left eye. In 1999, a woman called me and begged me to take him. She took him off a chain, gave me a $100 bill, and we loaded him into a crate. When we got him home, Calvin and I started to pull ticks off with tweezers and noticed his choke chain collar was completely embedded in his neck. Patch spent the next day at the vet under anesthesia getting the chain and the rest of the ticks removed. (The bill was hundreds of dollars.) Patch learned agility work very quickly, but directional commands were hard for him since he, too, was unilaterally deaf. After he earned his AX and AXJ, I placed him with a new owner who has a working sheep ranch. Patch is now a working ranch dog whose job is to flush sheep out of sagebrush. MF: What dogs are you training now? JW: In addition to Coorain, who is now eight years old, I’m training Pallas Athena, also known as Honey. I found Honey in a shelter cowering at the back of her kennel. The shelter worker described her as a biter who had a nasty personality and would not let anyone touch her. So I called Lyn, my friend who also does Dalmatian rescue, and she came over and sat by the kennel for four hours until she coaxed Honey to come over to her. Lyn worked to socialize her and taught her some obedience. Then she sent her to me as an agility prospect because of her high energy. Since Honey has hip and knee problems, she jumps in the 16" Preferred class. Honey has earned her AXP and AJP titles in AKC. My goal for Honey in 2008 is to earn her PII titles in USDAA. I’m also competing exclusively in obedience and rally with Rodeo, a five-year-old rescue Dalmatian. He needs only one more Double-Q for his RAE. Arson jumping with ease. © Sterling Photography Jane’s 2007 competition dogs: Guy, Coorain, Rodeo, Surya, and Honey Jane weaving with Coorain and Honey 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. 43 December 08 | Clean Run

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
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Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 37
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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
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