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When Pigs Fly: Do It By Jane Killion You Can Jane Killion and Bull Terr ier “Zulu” C Buoy’s Concr h. TNG N ete Blonde, R OM, VA, NA , NAJ, CL1 © Louis B. RuedigeR For this final installment in the When Pigs Fly series, I’m going to leave you with some thoughts and encouragement about what it means to run a Pigs Fly dog and why we do it. There have been thousands of Border Collies to earn the AKC’s MACH title. Last year alone, about 238 Border Collies earned a MACH or multiple MACHs. No Bull Terriers earned a MACH in that time period; in fact, no Bull Terrier has ever earned a MACH and only one has earned a PAX. The truth is, a Bull Terrier that adheres to the AKC standard is going to find it very difficult to earn a MACH. The same is true of a correct (by AKC standards) Basset Hound, Sealyham Terrier, or any other densely made and/ 64 or independent-thinking breed. Why do we invest such huge amounts of time and effort in dogs that will probably never get past basic titles? Why not get a competitive dog? It can be very frustrating to sit ringside and watch the Border Collies, Shelties, and like dogs zip through a course one after another, when you know those handlers (although they have put in a huge effort to train their dogs) most likely did not face any of the obstacles that you faced to get to this trial—like, for instance, teaching their dog to consider staying in the ring and running the course. You can admit it, it burns you sometimes, and you seriously consider hanging it up and moving to another breed that won’t make you look like a horse’s behind. I have put as many or more titles on more Bull Terriers than anyone, yet it’s still not easy for me. I spent the first two years of my agility career running after my Novice A dog after she took one obstacle and then jumped out of the ring, but I was determined and I learned. Now my dogs qualify regularly, yet my expectations are not quite the same as your average Border Collie owner. The first time I brought my young male to an agility trial and he did not run away as far as he could as fast as he could the second I took off the leash, I was so happy I nearly cried. While someone in the next ring was floating on air over her MACH, I was equally giddy over the training tour de Clean Run | March 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2011

Clean Run - March 2011
Editorializing: Go Get the Dog
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Who Needs a Training Partner?
Difficult Students, Difficult Dogs, Happy Endings
Ready, Set, Trial! Volunteering at Agility Trials
The Breeders Behind the Dogs
Working on Stimulus Control
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-Control Classes: Introduction
Power Paws Drills: Long Way, Short Way
Help for Heel Pain: The Facts About Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1
Hydrotherapy for the Canine Athlete
Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Seminar Dollar
When Pigs Fly: You Can Do It
You Know Your Dog Is Aggressive If... Part 5
Want the Best Training Results? Then Play!
Challenges for Rising Stars

Clean Run - March 2011