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Be Ready for Your Turn Be ready when it is your turn to be on the line. Have your treats and your toy stashed on you, ready and accessible. Your dog should be warmed up, either by getting him revved up and motivated, or by getting him focused on you with tricks, attention work, or play. Just like at a trial, this should be done while the dog ahead of you is on the course. This is also a good time to work on sit-stays. To take time for sit-stay work while it is your turn takes up valuable class time that should be spent on drill exercises and instruction. If you do need to work on sit-stays during your turn, however, you need to realize that there may not be as much time to work on the drill. Perfect Skills in Training, Not in Class Remember: offering equal time for each team is the goal for classes. Your run may not be perfect and there may not be time to make it so. Concentrate on the area where you need the most instruction. The class situation doesn’t lend itself to spending an inordinate amount of time on one person and it is not always possible to make the exercise perfect on that day. What instructors want to do is send you away with the tools so that you can make the sequence work for you; it is up to you to go home and do your homework. Use what you learn and apply the concepts you’ve been taught. If the sequence is left up in your training facility during the week, reserve a time when you can go out and practice on your own or with your partner. Good practice makes perfect! Take the Time to Stop and Reward On the other hand it is important to take the time to reward the various parts of the drill separately, whether it is with food or a game. Waiting to reward your dog at end of the drill does nothing to promote the individual skills that your dog did correctly along the way. The best way to get your dog to repeat a specific behavior, whether it is a tight 270 or fast weave poles, is to reward the behavior as it happens: timing is everything. So often I hear that students don’t want to take the time to stop and reward, but this time is well spent and an important part of teaching your dog. Remember, a sequence is only as good as the sum of its parts; mediocre parts do not make an awesome sequence. Help Out Another way to facilitate the efficient use of class time is to help set bars, raise or lower the A-frame, and pick up © CLEAN RUN cones. It may not seem like much time will be saved, but in the course of the class it can easily add enough time for another drill and give you lots of bonus points in your instructor’s eyes. Private Time © CLEAN RUN Private lessons on a somewhat regular basis are a perfect complement to classes. Use this time to focus on particular problems you and your dog are having that class time often might not allow. A half-hour or an hour lesson is sometimes all that is needed to get your dog training back on the right track. I encourage people to join classes over exclusively taking private lessons once they can sequence drills. The class situation is a more realistic simulation of what teams will encounter when they start trialing. High-drive dogs are far more likely to get excited watching other fast dogs in class like they do at a trial. When taking a private lesson the dogs are typically less stimulated; while this makes for a good learning environment, it is good training to work your dog in an atmosphere with more distractions. Class allows the handlers the opportunity to work on focusing the dog’s attention on them and maintaining criteria in a motivated state. Likewise, the downtime between runs is similar to what happens between runs at a trial. Experiment with different ways of getting your dog to the line and managing your dog in a tight space with other dogs around. Clean Run | March 08 26

Clean Run Magazine - March 2008

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

Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Contents
Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Give Your Dog a Running Start
On Course with Ronda Carter
Trainer’s Forum
How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes
Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games
What Is a Handling System?
Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options
Agility? Deaf-initely!
When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs
Skill of the Month
Shelter Champs: Sadie
Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition
Distance Challenge
Focus on Recalls
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening
In Cider
Letters
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - March 2008
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Give Your Dog a Running Start
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - On Course with Ronda Carter
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - What Is a Handling System?
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Agility? Deaf-initely!
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 52
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 57
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Shelter Champs: Sadie
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 65
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Focus on Recalls
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - In Cider
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 79
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Letters
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 84
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