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At the Next Intersection, Turn Left Part and parcel of the third-of-thebar concept is teaching Left and Right commands, and using that command before the dog takes off. Giving early information about what happens next is the job description of a good navigator. It also keeps the dog from twisting and turning as he lands. When I suggest this to most students they always say the same thing: “I can’t remember my left from my right, especially under pressure. ” Honestly, neither could I when I first began to use it. Like anything else, I practiced it. I use it every time I play with my dogs to rehearse it (for my benefit, more than for theirs). I say it out loud when I walk a course. After all that practice, my error rate decreased greatly. Agility as a Second Language I took the time with my dog to teach verbal obstacle discrimination. It can be a bit tedious, but it makes a great training objective for very warm or very cold months. I usually devote one week for each obstacle I’d like to put on cue. If it’s “tunnel week, I teach tunnel sends first ” with no other obstacle present. I throw the reward to the end of the tunnel. After that, I put the dog directly in front of the “hot” obstacle of the week with another “cold” obstacle about 4' away. After a few successful repetitions, I position the dog in between the two obstacles. After a few correct responses, I put the dog in front of the cold obstacle. The last position is with the dog in front of the cold obstacle and my position in between the dog and the correct obstacle. Like any other type of training, keep the rate of success between 50-80%. Less than 50% success means the exercise is too difficult for the dog and needs to be made easier; for instance, by moving closer to the entrance of the hot obstacle or by moving the cold obstacle farther away. When the dog reaches an 80% success rate, it is time to make the exercise more difficult, but in a stepwise manner. If it’s tunnel week, I would do tunnel versus A-frame one day (to 80% success), then tunnel versus dogwalk the next session, then tunnel versus tire the session after that, and so on. All week long the answer is always Tunnel.The next week I choose another obstacle. Only after I get through the list, do I begin to alternate the hot obstacle. Over the years, I have found the most common course discriminations involve the tunnel, A-frame, dogwalk, teeter, chute, tire, weaves, and table. It goes without saying that verbal obstacle discrimination as illustrated in Figure 4 was our means of survival in Gamblers and Snooker. very common trend among clicker trainers like me to sometimes fail to deliver consequences for disobedience. We have to come to terms with the fact that we can deliver the consequences without having to become emotional or aversive. Consequences can be very matter-of-fact and can simply be a withdrawal of the opportunity for further reward. The most difficult part of that equation is that you lose the opportunity too. It is extremely important, however, to be confident that your dog had every opportunity to make the correct choice (training, proofing, clear handling, and early information) and still willingly made the incorrect choice. Putting It All Together So, how can you use these concepts in a typical agility course? Shown in Figure 5 is a JWW course designed by judge Denise Thomas that gives lots of opportunities to put these skills to good use. This course has a definite lead-out advantage. Handlers who were unable to lead out with their fast dog crashed and burned before tunnel #4. The best handling was done with a lead-out beyond jump #3 and a pivot to the #4 tunnel entrance. The tunnel entrance was not visible to the dog, but those dogs that knew the cue word Tunnel were looking for it. Distance handling gave a huge advantage on the 270° turn from jump #5 to #6. Handlers who had to go on the inside of the 270 arc were out of position for what came next. A lateral distance 270 gave handlers a definite advantage. Cues for Jump, Left, and Weave put the dog on the left third of the bar at jump #7 and secured the weave , pole entrance. Distance on the arc from jumps #9-#11 allowed positioning for a front cross before jump #13.This move put my dog on the right third of the bar of #13 for the #14 tunnel entrance. From jumps #15-#17 lateral distance sent the dog out , around the curve so that a front cross or a pull after #17 would get the correct entrance of the tunnel. Using distance on “easy” flowing sequences (like a pinwheel or an arc) enabled handlers to get in position to direct the dog to the correct obstacle. This course is one of those great teaching courses you can use all week long in class. Too Bad for You… A last and bittersweet concept that I’ve had to re-learn the hard way a few times is the “positive is not permissive” theme. I have been inspired by positive reinforcement training since I first visited the Dolphin Research Center in 1992. I went to all the chicken camps I could attend. I clicker trained my own dogs and wrote course outlines for my students using positive reinforcement as the primary method of training. Yet, shamefully enough, it is a Start dog directly in obstacle front of "hot" obstacle 4 Start dog directly in front of "hot" Increasing the difficulty of an obstacle discrimination drill Start dog facing obstacles between the two obstacles Start dog facing between the two Start dog directly in front of the cold Start dog directly in obstacle front of the cold obstacle Handler starts between dog and Handler starts correct obstacle between dog and correct obstacle Increasing the difficulty of an obstacle discrimination drill 34 Clean Run | February 08

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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