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classes I read Purely Positive Training by Sheila Booth as my guideline for behaviors and how to reward. To avoid injury and extend your dog’s career during this initial puppy class: ■ Never jump your dog beyond his wrist start your training immediately. Having a close bond with you and being well-socialized with other dogs are two essentials your dog needs. O nce you have your puppy, height to avoid injuring his growth plates. ■ Avoid bending his spine by eliminating weave poles altogether. Sit this lesson out, because he will learn these quickly later. ■ Do not run any A-frame set at full height. The steep angle of the ascending and descending ramps may damage his wrists. When he has enough bladder control, take him to stores where dogs are welcome. Walk down city streets, go to parks where there are large crowds, and allow people to interact with your pup. These activities teach him about rides in the car and dealing appropriately with new surroundings. One note of caution: at this tender age, avoid public dog parks, where negative experiences can leave long-lasting impressions. Kesä learning contacts on a low A-frame. ■ Keep the dogwalk at a low puppy height in case he falls off. Another point about protecting your future agility star: don’t let him jump off anything high, such as the bed or the back of the minivan. If he can jump that high, be sure you’re there to lift him down. By attending classes you have begun to Formal Obedience After your pup has breezed through puppy class, enroll him in an obedience class. The more obedient he is, the better agility dog he will be. If you have a high-drive dog, he will probably find parts of obedience class boring. Don’t avoid class, but do find ways to train and entertain him during those lulls. I recommend the Agility FoundationTraining DVD by Greg Derrett, where he shows how to play with your dog while teaching valuable skills, such as cues for left and right. teach your dog as much as he can learn, but this once-a-week activity alone is not enough. You need to practice at home on your own equipment, daily. With a little talent and money, most of your equipment can be homemade. It can even be scaled down, if your backyard is small. Clean Run and the Internet have many how-to articles for making equipment yourself. Having equipment at home and using it will accelerate your dog’s learning curve. Getting used to the barrel part of the chute. Continuing and Supplementing Agility Classes Your objective for each agility class should be to graduate to the next class as fast as possible. This was my goal, so I practiced agility daily for about 10 minutes and tried to work on obedience every day, whenever the opportunity presented itself. Whether you live in Arizona, where there are no classes in the summer or Minnesota, where Puppy Agility Class The next class to enroll in is puppy agility. Search your area to find the best agility club or training center available. This is easily done by learning where all the best handlers attend. You may need to get your name on the list several months in advance, so plan accordingly. December 08 | Clean Run Practicing outside of class is a critical part of training. To create a very soft landing area, I used an 8” layer of wood chips. 53

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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