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® Cover THE MAGAZINE FOR DOG AGILITY ENTHUSIASTS DECEMBER 12 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 12 PHOTOS © ISTOCKPHOTOGRAPHY, KIBRION PHOTOGRAPHY, CLEAN RUN 32 Does Gender Matter When Choosing an Agility Dog? When you are choosing your next dog for agility, there are so many factors to consider. Should the gender of your dog or pup be one of them? Or is neither gender superior to the other in terms of agility prowess? By Brenna Fender 38 Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Overexcited Spectator Many dogs become overexcited as they enter the ring and see another dog running. You can take the drama out of your trips to the start line by “reframing” the ring entrance behavior as “just another go-to-place exercise.” By Leslie McDevitt MLA, CPDT, CDBC 41 10 Games to Play with Dogs That Are Recovering from an Injury Your high-drive dog is sidelined to recover from an injury. That means no agility, no running, no jumping. So what’s going to happen to all that energy? In lieu of your conditioning runs and agility drills, try playing a different game. By Sally Silverman 17 Power Paws Skills: Front Crosses Front crosses are one of the most prevalent and natural ways that we change sides on a course with our dogs. What’s new with front crosses? Nothing and everything—position cue fronts, deceleration fronts, double fronts, and fronts in all sizes and shapes! By Nancy Gyes Features 5 Editorializing: All Roads Most of us in agility have always had dogs, but few of us grew up as “dog people.” Regardless of how most of us started this journey, we have all ended up in this world we call Agility. By Carole Lynn Evans 53 Training with the Stars: Maureen Waldron Maureen Waldron may be a world-class agility competitor, but she spends eight-plus hours a day at a job that has nothing to do with dogs. Waldron is not the usual agility success story. By Sally Silverman 60 Building Blocks: Developing Solutions for Agility Problems If you’re having problems in agility with a particular obstacle or behavior, you need to develop a training plan that takes three areas into consideration: reinforcement, general behavior 24/7, and obstacle training. By Rachel Sanders 64 Being a Good Student, Part 2 How many times do we attend seminars, or even weekly classes, and get the big picture of what is being presented yet miss those pesky details that really make the picture complete? The devil is in that detail. By Elaine Coupé 23 Training a Deaf Dog to Go the Distance Can a deaf dog be trained well enough to earn a USDAA Agility Dog Championship? The ADCH requires di cult distance work, since it requires ve Qs in Gamblers as well as ve Qs each in Snooker, Standard, Jumpers, Pairs, and Tournament classes. By Lisa Barrett 44 Gait Analysis Helps Diagnose Early Lameness & Improve Performance Gait analysis equipment tests the pressure and timing of each step a dog takes, evaluates weight on front and back, and compares the relationship between strides. This technology can detect a problem 99% of the time, making it a very e ective diagnosis tool. By Carole Williams 48 The F-Word: Building Resiliency to Failure! Many of us avoid failure during training at all costs, fearing that allowing the dog to fail might cause the dog to stress or lose motivation. But never allowing the dog to fail will have far worse results than teaching the dog to be resilient and bounce back from failure. By Tracy Sklenar 12 Challenges for Rising Stars In these 30-second drills handlers will work on practicing multiple wraps from a jump to a tunnel in rapid succession over a short time. This will require multiple transitions from handler focus to obstacle focus, or vice versa, and also give the handler practice dealing with unexpected results (situational awareness). By Stuart Mah 21 Agility Mind Gym: Full Circle When we are struggling, we sometimes lose the joy and passion that got us started in agility. We have doubts about why we are doing agility, and don’t see the point. But agility is not just about ribbons and Qs; it’s about learning, growing, and challenging our boundaries. It’s about living fully and feeling alive, and sharing that with your canine buddy. By Kathy Keats 27 Awesome Paws Drills A U-shaped tunnel can be performed multiple ways. At higher levels, the entrance is not always obvious and the dog must find it. These drills are designed to help teams become comfortable with a variety of tunnel challenges. By Linda Mecklenburg Columns 6 7 8 Tip of the Month By Elizabeth Evans Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility… By Brenna Fender Backyard Dogs By Mary Ellen Barry 10 From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers: Identify Patterns to Gain Perspective By Holly Newman Cover Dog Lucky Charm XXVII, NAJ, RN, U-AGII, AKC/UKC CD, a.k.a. Belle, a 9-year-old Dalmatian owned by Carrie Oisten of Michigan. Photo by Cathi Winkles. Clean Run (ISSN 1089-8506) is published monthly by Clean Run Productions, LLC. Principal o ce: 17 Industrial Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. Periodicals postage paid at South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-9902 and additional o ces. © Copyright 1995-2012 Bud Houston and Clean Run Productions, LLC. All world rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Clean Run, 17 Industrial Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. December 12 | Clean Run 3

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - December 2012

Clean Run - December 2012
Table of Contents
Editorializing: All Roads
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers: Identify Patterns to Gain Perspective
Challenges for Rising Stars
Power Paws Skills: Front Crosses
Agility Mind Gym: Full Circle
Training a Deaf Dog to Go the Distance
Awesome Paws Drills
Does Gender Matter When Choosing an Agility Dog?
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Overexcited Spectator
10 Games to Play with Dogs That Are Recovering from an Injury
Gait Analysis Helps Diagnose Early Lameness & Improve Performance
The F-Word: Building Resiliency to Failure!
Training with the Stars: Maureen Waldron
Building Blocks: Developing Solutions for Agility Problems
Being a Good Student, Part 2

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