Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 14

On Course with Annie Lehman By Linda Knowles, photos by www.FastClicksPhoto.com Annie Lehman, from Plano, Texas, is the youngest handler to earn an ADCH; she was 11 years old at the time. She’s now 13 years old and attends Hendrick Middle School as a seventh grader. Her teammate is Gold Medal Misty, a.k.a. Misty, a four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. Annie is also a very talented musician and singer who plays the harp and piano; she plays the harp for the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Philharmonic. LK: How old were you when you got Misty? How old was Misty? AL: I got Misty for my ninth birthday (3rd grade) and also as a Christmas present that year. Misty was (I think) five months old. LK: From the standpoint of an eight year old, did you have any reservations about training a dog, much less a JRT puppy? Everyone around me was saying, “No, don’t get a JRT. They tend to dig and be destructive!” So that made me a little apprehensive about getting a JRT. But the more I paid attention and spent more time with the puppies, the more I saw the good side of them and not the mischievous side. LK: How did you decide to choose a JRT for your dog? Was there an attraction or bond between you both? brilliant idea, yuck). But as I said, I was going to do anything. Now, to finish my story and your question at the next show, Misty was there and recognized me instantly (something my mom had not expected) and went ballistic. I borrowed a friend’s camera and videotaped Misty. When my dad saw the recording, he said, “Oh, that’s too cute; you can have her under these rules ” I threw a celebration that night. LK: What has been the biggest challenge in training a JRT that you’ve had to overcome? Her “Jack moments” as we call it. Jack moments are when Misty looks at me like I’m stupid and just stands there, runs in circles, refuses to cooperate, runs out of the ring, or just plain doesn’t listen. Stuff like that. LK: What’s the best thing about training a JRT? AL: I instantly saw a huge bond between me and one of the puppies (Misty) when one day, you asked me to walk the pups. Ruben (the other puppy) was not paying attention to me at all and was eating random things while Misty was watching me and staying very close to me. When I put the puppies away, Misty was whining and jumping up and down trying to get back to me, while Ruben plopped down and took another nap. Every time I walked past, I was greeted with a woof, a hopeful wag, and “Bambi eyes.” LK: How did you talk your parents into allowing you to have Misty? What did you give up so that you could purchase Misty? How hard was it for you to give up something else for your own dog? AL: They are fast, fun, and full of life. Their personalities are huge and they are so smart. When I cry or I’m upset, Misty comes over to me and either lies down and says, “What’s wrong Annie,” or she licks all the tears away and makes me feel better. They are such happy and loving dogs. LK: How do you fit training, caring, playing with Misty into the demands of your busy schedule with school, church, music, and acting activities? AL: I had to give up a lot, but I was willing to do anything. I gave up my “friend time” and had to start guitar lessons (my dad’s 14 AL: It was tough at first but I wanted to keep this dog so I trained before school, after school, and before bed for 10-minute sessions because she was a pup and had a short attention span. After school I play ball with her, or we rollerblade together, or we bike Clean Run | February 08
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Clean Run Magazine - February 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - February 2008

Clean Run Magazine - February 2008
Contents
Editorializing: Barbarians at the Gate?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
On Course with Annie Lehman
Basic Turns
Trainer’s Forum
Do You Have a Preferred Handling Speed?
Foundation Fundamentals: Dealing with Distractions, Part 2
Case Study: The King of the Off-course
Conquering Ring Nerves: How Do I Stop Shaking When I Step to the Line?
Sports Retraining for Agility Athletes
When Pigs Fly: What Is an Operant Dog? Why Should I Care?
Power Paws Patterns: Number Three
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Increasing Challenges on the Ball
Spy Kids: Balance in Training
Skill of the Month
When the Click Doesn’t End the Behavior: Conditioning a Release Signal
Shelter Champs: Dunk
Distance Challenge
Letters
Agility Organization Update
Nested Courses for Mardi Gras
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - February 2008
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Editorializing: Barbarians at the Gate?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - On Course with Annie Lehman
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Basic Turns
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Do You Have a Preferred Handling Speed?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Dealing with Distractions, Part 2
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Case Study: The King of the Off-course
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: How Do I Stop Shaking When I Step to the Line?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Sports Retraining for Agility Athletes
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - When Pigs Fly: What Is an Operant Dog? Why Should I Care?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Power Paws Patterns: Number Three
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Increasing Challenges on the Ball
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Spy Kids: Balance in Training
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 59
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - When the Click Doesn’t End the Behavior: Conditioning a Release Signal
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Shelter Champs: Dunk
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Letters
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 84
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