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LB: How did you choose Sadie? KS: I was volunteering at Tippecanoe County Humane Society in Lafayette, Indiana. Every day when I cleaned her kennel, Sadie would plead to me with those soulful eyes. I tried to ignore her, but finally we adopted her. She looked pretty scruffy, but underneath that scroungy exterior was an unbelievable dog just waiting to be discovered. She was about three years old, and looked like a Spaniel/ Beagle mix (a “Speagle”). LB: What traits were you looking for in a dog? LB: What challenges did you encounter in Sadie’s agility training? KS: As a novice myself, I was the biggest challenge! I struggled with coordination. It took me forever to learn to execute a front cross without looking like I had three left feet! Also, I had a Velcro dog. We completed our USDAA PDIII title in November 2003, without ever completing a gamble. When USDAA lowered the A-frame in 2004, we started over in Starters in the Championship program. We spent hours training for distance using targeting and techniques from the Stacy Peardot-Goudy Go the Distance videos. My friend and instructor, Rosie Lerner, worked with us to develop distance skills. I also learned how to change my distance handling to accommodate my dog. Now when we do gambles, we are usually where I plan to be when the gamble buzzer goes off. If we are not in the right place, I have learned to complete our opening and not rush. If we rush, the panic will throw our gamble off anyway. I just have to remember to take my time and run my plan. Also, lateral distance at the gamble line is important. Sometimes I need to start 10' back from the gamble line so that I have the space I need to run into her laterally. Then my body language, pushing into her space, tells her to move away from me. KS: We love spaniels. The personalities of our previous Cockers were wonderful, but their health was not. Sadie has that easygoing, willing to please, want to be with you spaniel personality that we are drawn to. We also wanted to try a mix, hoping to avoid some of the health issues we had in our previous purebreds. LB: How did you get started in agility? Sadie By Lisa Barrett Dog’s Name: KS: Sadie’s needs got me started in agility. Sadie was housetrained, friendly, didn’t chew, never bothered anything that wasn’t hers, and had perfect manners. But we soon learned she had separation anxiety. We videotaped her in the house alone and saw her panic every time we left. She dug at the back door, trying to follow us. She jumped up and left slobber marks 6' high on our glass door. We tried crating her or confining her to a room, but confinement just escalated the panic. Our vet prescribed Clomicalm and referred us to the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine. That was a turning point not only for Sadie, but also for us. The last time I had taken a dog to obedience class, I had dropped out because I hated the aversive methods so much. At Purdue, I learned about positive reinforcement and clicker training and ended up taking Purdue’s DOGS! course. This eventually led to my teaching puppy and manners classes at my vet’s as well as helping Purdue clients implement prescribed behavior modification programs. So Sadie’s separation anxiety actually started my life down a whole new road. It was incredible to watch how quickly Sadie learned with positive reinforcement. It took about four months for Sadie to begin to overcome her separation anxiety. We had to do several things to help Sadie learn to stand independently on her own March 08 | Clean Run Sadie Titles Earned: ADCH-Bronze, NATCH, SCH-Silver, S-EJC Adopted From: Tippecanoe County Humane Society in Lafayette, Indiana Handler: Karen Sollars four paws. We learned about “Nothing in life is free.” During this period, we couldn’t give her attention unless it was a “reward” for doing something. She had to “earn” what minimal attention we were allowed to give, and this just tore our hearts out. We also had to train her to do a 30-minute stay with us out of her sight. Who knew that would be very helpful for a lead-out in agility! Purdue’s counselors also told us to find something for her to do that would burn off energy and build confidence. That is when I started hunting for agility classes. LB: What was easy in Sadie’s agility training? © LLOYD SOLLARS KS: Her very first instructor said she just had a natural talent. She was very coordinated, not fearful of any of the equipment, and seemed to be able to do the basics effortlessly. Also, just a couple of years ago we had a meltdown and Sadie’s contacts and weaves became very inconsistent. That summer I did a lot of NADAC to retrain contacts and weaves with no intention of qualifying. I worked solely on confidence and criteria. I didn’t accept a toe in the contact zone. If she didn’t get into twoon/two-off position, I would ask her to hop on the contact zone and meet criteria. I would then ask her to do the full A-frame with correct contacts. I solved the weave pole problem by relaxing because I didn’t care if we qualified. Sadie is very sensitive 59

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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