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LB: How did you choose Dunk? BK: In 2001, I was looking for my next agility dog, and I heard about Dunk from a Border Collie rescuer who had taken him from the shelter. He was about a year old and had gone to the shelter as a stray. Although Dunk looked fairly timid in the rescuer’s video, I agreed to have him meet the other dogs in my household. Dunk was respectful of my older BC, Eve, and she accepted him LB: What traits were you looking for in a dog? confess that I still dread the sight of these “vehicles” at a trial site. When wheeled objects are nearby, I always run with him rather than lead out. LB: What was easy about training Dunk in agility? BK: Once Dunk got over his original uncertainty, he was always willing to work, and to try whatever I asked of him. I don’t know when I’ve had such an easy time teaching a dog to read handling cues. He wants to read his handler. Probably the single easiest thing to train was the stay at the start. From the very beginning he was comfortable sitting in front of a jump, waiting for me to call him from a distance. Dunk is an incredibly fun dog to run because he is very attuned to what I want, but he’s also willing to read me at a distance when I need to get into position for a subsequent sequence. Almost all mistakes on course are my fault. At big shows, Dunk gets amped up and more efficient. He responds to pressure by becoming intensely focused on his job. BK: The most important quality was compatibility with Eve, who has, to say the least, a challenging temperament. She and I had come a long way together, not only in agility, and I didn’t want a new dog to undo what we had struggled to develop. I also wanted a dog who seemed to be sound, not dysplastic. I wanted a dog with some drive, but also a biddable dog, and he has both these qualities. In some respects it was a very rational choice. I had my checklist, and I arranged to meet Dunk on neutral turf. But once I saw him and played with him, there was no going back. He’s very appealing. LB: Did Dunk seem a good choice for agility at the time? Dunk By Lisa Barrett Dog’s Registered Name: Duncan Titles Earned: Bronze ADCH, LAA-Bronze, MACH3 Adopted From: BK: Yes and no. He seemed to be reasonably athletic and biddable, but he was also timid about many things. He was reluctant to “play” with agility equipment, and he was terrified of hard-surface floors, for instance. I put little scatter rugs all over the house at first just so he could walk around. Little by little, he realized the other dogs weren’t afraid of the floor, and I removed the rugs. He was then completely unfazed by the floor. LB: How soon did you begin agility training? Champaign County Humane Society in Urbana, Illinois Handler: Barbara Klucik BK: Dunk and I did nothing in agility for five months after he came home with me. He acclimated to the household, did a little bit of obedience, and learned how the clicker worked. LB: What challenges did you encounter in Dunk’s agility training? the clicker game “101 things to do with a box,” and I taught him to look away from a reward to get the reward (sometimes called the Zen game). We completely backed off any agility training during this period of a few weeks, and when we started again he was a different dog. Because he had been rewarded for almost any behavior he offered, he had become outgoing and willing to try anything. Now he is selfconfident, and he’s not easily intimidated. He has become very resilient. One problem we haven’t ever resolved is that he is obsessed with wheeled objects smaller than a car, including golf carts and motorized scooters or wheelchairs. His brain tends to check out, and he can think of nothing but herding that thing. I’m sure that if I invested enough time I could probably reduce his reactions, but I have never managed to find that time. He does seem a bit better these days, but I will © WENDI PENCILLE/HORSEFEATHERS PHOTOGRAPHY LB: Describe your favorite agility moment with this dog. BK: Initially he was very timid; “inhibited” was the word Brenda Buja used for him. Brenda showed me games to play with him to encourage him to become bolder and more willing to try things. He learned to offer behaviors on the Buja board (a tippy board) for clicks and treats. We played February 08 | Clean Run BK: The AKC Nationals in 2005 in Tampa, Round 2, Jumpers with Weaves. Round 1 had been a big disappointment, since Dunk saw a golf cart and went off course at the third obstacle. A wonderful friend convinced me to give it our best in the JWW round. After studying the course and watching other runs, I was confident that Dunk and I could turn in a round that would be more efficient than many dogs, and I told him so before we started. He ran 69

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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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