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tation needed to help deaf dogs be successful in agility. Lohmeyer has taught Cody hand signals to release him from his two-on/two-off contact position and his stay at the start line. She also has taught him that a thumbs up and a big smile mean that he’s doing the right thing, and that a frown and shaking index finger mean that he’s made an error. Ayres suggests that a “watch me” signal is very helpful. Small dog owners might adapt instructor Andrea Carter’s plan for her student’s deaf dog, “specific foot direction on the part of the handler” rather than hand signals. worked on repetition and teaching Holly to take whatever obstacle was in front of her, says Martin. “It can ” backfire during other runs, but that’s only happened once so far and well worth the elation of seeing her do a gamble, she adds. ” Lefty owned by Debbie Rodden Deaf Dogs in Class It can be difficult to have a dog in a class setting that needs a lot more help than the others. Do deaf dogs take up more than their fair share of class time? Carter says no: “Everyone gets the same attention. We keep things simple and short. No one learns with a complicated mess of information. ” Ayres says, “Because I don’t expect my deaf dog to be treated any differently, I don’t (or at least try not to) treat deaf dogs in my classes any differently. Carson has a ” similar philosophy. “If a person with a deaf dog needed more help, just like anyone else, they could come and see me at another time for extra help, she says. ” In fact, deaf dogs and their handlers may actually require less attention from the instructor rather than more. “My experience has been that I spend less time with my deafie handlers because they pay attention and are far more likely to do their homework, says ” Gates-Rusher. Some trainers have said that they spend more time with agility newbies, owners of out-ofcontrol dogs, and handlers who don’t practice than with students whose dogs are deaf. Although the deaf dog may not need special attention from the instructor, their condition should not be Lohmeyer has had success using this particular adaptation. Debbie Rodden, owner of Lefty, a deaf, multi-titled, seven-year-old Bull Terrier, has found another way to use the clicker training method. “I use a vibrating collar when starting the dog out in agility, she says. ” Miller adds, “We have used a light beam as a conditioned reinforcer, but this does not work very well outside. So we have also used a conditioned thumbs-up marker. ” While many handlers find themselves behind their dogs during a run, competitors with deaf dogs may find this particularly challenging. “A handler who can keep up with the dog, or even run ahead to show the dog where to go, is going to be more successful than a handler who tries to handle from behind, says Miller. ” “You need to try to be early with your signals and body language and it can be especially tricky when the dog is running ahead of you, ” Rodden says. Lohmeyer agrees that staying where your deaf dog can see you is important: “Keeping myself in Cody’s peripheral vision is key, she says. ” Miller devised a plan to help Holly be successful in Gamblers classes when she couldn’t have owner Martin running ahead of her. “I hidden from classmates. “I always tell students of the class if there is a dog with special needs—other people need to handle their dogs so that they don’t come up from behind a deaf dog, surprising or startling the dog, which could elicit an aggressive reaction, says Miller. ” She’s never had an aggressive deaf dog in her class, but she prepares for that possibility. “Sometimes deaf dogs will take a little longer doing a sequence, and it helps if everyone in the class knows what is going on, ” she adds. Robin owned by Heather Gates-Rusher Cody owned by Leanne Lohmeyer There Are Advantages! Many instructors are happy to have the challenge of having a deaf dog in their class. Pawzazz Agility Club trainer Paula Goss says that Lohmeyer and Cody “are one of the most personally rewarding teams I have ever instructed. Having a deaf ” dog in her class has made her a better teacher, says Goss, who has enjoyed the opportunity to think outside the box. “It made me rethink my entire foundation process to set in stone the motion and hand and body cues necessary to get the same result I get from my verbal training, she says. ” Carson agrees: “I think it has helped a lot of people at our club to be better instructors and to think outside the square!” 47 Some methods seem to be popular for training deaf dogs. “Lure rewarding and backchaining are very helpful because they show the dog what to do, says Sue Miller, ” who teaches at WAG Agility Training in Toronto, Canada, and instructs Lisa Martin’s Holly and many other dogs. “I did a lot of backchaining, ” agrees Gates-Rusher, who found this method helpful for training distance work. “I don’t know if that was just the style that Holly learned best with or if it is what she needed because she is deaf, ” she added. Even clicker training can be successful with deaf dogs. Resourceful trainers use a flashlight or laser light instead of an audible signal. March 08 | Clean Run

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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