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Letters Barbarians at the Gate?, February 2008 I am insulted by your editorial. I am a very good gate steward and if people that were entered in trials would do the following courteous things no gate steward would have to be a “gate nazi.” Apparently you missed the “How to be Courteous” meeting or you would never have never had this problem. In Texas, as [an] exhibitor, we think you should do the following for each class you are entered in. Check yourself in on [the] line-up list at the gate before you walk the course. If you think you may have a conflict you should put a “C” next to your name. That way if you are not in line we don’t keep calling for you. You should be at the gate no less than three dogs before your run. Let the gate steward [know] that you are there; and if you want to get away from the “line,” if you will point to where you will be, the gate steward will not have to yell for you. I still cannot believe what you wrote. If you were a courteous competitor you would never have had the problems you spoke of. Susan Miller Dear Sue, I am sorry you were offended by my editorial; my intention was never to malign gate stewards! I was trying to point out that even in the most rushed and tense situations, a gate steward’s tone can make a huge difference. I was not even competing in the class I used as an example; I only witnessed it. In my experience as a gate steward, I’ve learned that even when an exhibitor is not being courteous, getting tense, loud, or anything other than unfailingly polite merely backfires, and that being calm and relaxed, even when an exhibitor is late to answer my call or get on the line, makes the whole day run more smoothly. About a year ago I started wondering how much exhibitors being late on the line contributed to trials running over time because, as a frequent gate steward, I was curious about it. I counted how many people were not ready to start when the timer said ready (that’s really the critical point for a class running on time), how late they were, and also made a mental note of why people were late. Approximately 8% of people were not ready when the timer said ready. The majority of these people had actually entered the ring on time as directed by the gate steward, but were not ready for a variety of reasons, ranging from an untied shoe to trouble unfastening their dog’s collar, and, of course, plain old dawdling. The average wait between when the timer was ready and when this 8% was ready was 7 seconds. Seven seconds seems like a long time when everyone (judge, timer, ring crew, scribe, gate steward, the next exhibitor, and so on) is waiting for you to go. As a matter of fact, it always seemed much longer to me than my stopwatch showed. Those numbers mean that for a day judging 330 dogs, if 8% (26 dogs) are each 7 seconds late to start, that adds a total of 3 minutes and 3 seconds to the day. I was really surprised by my findings. Fast delivery of the best tunnels anywhere Competition tunnels • Ultralight tunnels for the backyard • Teacup and standard sizes 10' to 24' lengths and choice of pitch • Solid colors and multicolor combinations Chutes and sandbags, too 800.464.0112 Agility is not our business–it is our passion! March 08 | Clean Run 81
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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
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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