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© Cover NUMBER 3 THE MAGAZINE FOR DOG AGILITY ENTHUSIASTS © LYNNE BRUBAKER, CINDY KNOWLTON, MARCY MANTELL MARCH 08 VOLUME 14 29 Foundation Fundamentals: Restrained Recalls and Chase Games Chase games and restrained recalls help your dog learn to drive toward you and to turn when you turn: skills that will ultimately aid in achieving maximum ground speed and tight turns on course. By Mary Ellen Barry 46 Agility? Deaf-initely! Deaf dogs are equally as trainable for agility as their hearing peers. Many deaf dogs have multiple titles and enjoy training and competing with their handlers. Learn about some of the challenges and the advantages. By Brenna Fender 63 Spy Kids: Goals to Prepare for Competition Sweep has reached 15 months of age. We’ve set focused goals for completing his agility training on contacts and weaves, and are preparing him for competition during our training time. By Nancy Gyes © KAREN HOCKER PHOTOGRAPHY 11 Give Your Dog a Running Start! Whether you want to start courses running with your dog because he’s faster or because he doesn’t hold a stay, successful in-line starts require a systematic approach and diligent training. By Olga Chaiko 25 How to Get the Most from Your Agility Classes We have so little time in our busy lives that we need to make our time training our dogs as efficient as possible. Here are some tips to make your agility classes work for you and your dog. By Sharon Freilich Features 5 Editorializing: An Anthropologist at a Dog Show A humorous look at how the “Dog People” and the “Parent People” can learn to communicate a little better and respect each other’s ways and customs. By Amy Hanridge 59 Shelter Champs: Sadie Meet Sadie, a Spaniel/Beagle mix that was adopted from a shelter in Indiana, and that has overcome problems with separation anxiety to earn USDAA and NADAC championships. By Lisa Barrett 73 Focus on Recalls No matter how old your dog or his level of training, focusing on these exercises can increase his enthusiasm for and responsiveness to his recall cue. By Deborah Jones, PhD 74 Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Back and Trunk Strengthening This month’s exercises focus on balance, core strength of the abdominals and back muscles, and strength of the large muscles of the hips and shoulders. By Debbie Gross Saunders, MSPT, OCS, CCRP 18 On Course with Ronda Carter Meet Ronda Carter, a successful agility trainer and instructor, who currently resides in Sanford, North Carolina. By Elaine Coupé 22 Trainer’s Forum Picking the “right” jump height for training is always a dilemma. Here are some suggestions from our trainers about the factors that you need to consider when making jump height decisions. By Brenna Fender 43 Alternative Medicine for Your Canine Athlete: Navigating the Options Alternative veterinary medicine offers the canine athlete some interesting and exciting possibilities for maximizing health and performance, but navigating the available alternative therapies can be daunting. Learn about the various modes of treatment. By Julie A. Roos, DVM 50 When Pigs Fly: Agility Success with “Impossible” Dogs This month we’ll teach your dog to figure out exactly what you want and to keep trying until he gets it right. This takes the operant dog to the next level and gets him on the same training page as the handler. By Jane Killion 33 What Is a Handling System? The term “handling system” seems to inspire dread in many agility students. But a handling system is just a language that both you and your dog understand. It helps clarify each of your responsibilities on course. By Linda Mecklenburg 38 Pre-Agility Skills: Laying the Foundation, Part 1 Learn foundation behaviors before you begin to work on agility equipment and you’ll have a dog that works as your partner and that’s primed to learn agility skills. By Mandy Book and Cheryl S. Smith Columns 6 7 8 Tip of the Month By Francoise (Sassie) Joiris Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility… Backyard Dogs By Karen Holik 56 Skill of the Month By Karen Holik 69 Distance Challenge By Jane Simmons-Moake 77 In Cider By Bill Gates 81 Letters 82 Course Diagram Keys Cover Dog Can. CH, Can. OTCH, AAC ATCH Bernfields Vaudeville Vinny AGX, AGNJ, a.k.a. Vinny, a Border Terrier owned and handled by Anne Drillio of Nova Scotia, Canada. Photo by Craig Lizotte, CLPhotography.ca Clean Run (ISSN 1089-8506) is published monthly by Clean Run Productions, LLC. Principal office: 17 Industrial Dr., South Hadley, MA 01075. Periodicals postage paid at South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075-9902 and additional offices. © Copyright 1995-2008 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. March 08 | Clean Run 3
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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
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Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - March 2008 - Distance Challenge
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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
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