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front cross. Depending on the next direction or line you require, this step will be
either an acceleration cue or a deceleration cue. I am cuing acceleration in
Figure 9 because the course requires me
to drive on this line to the next obstacle.

9

PRACTICe Until
Step 3

It’s Second Nature

Like any sport or activity where footwork is key (i.e., football, soccer,
basketball, dancing), footwork must be
practiced so that it becomes second nature. When you begin learning footwork
you might be very conscious of your
every step, feeling rather mechanical. It
is, therefore, imperative that you practice without your dog until the footwork
becomes an unconscious act.

10

I encourage my students to practice
front crosses throughout the day, even
during normal activities; for example,
front cross from the sink to the refrig-

erator or while going down your hallway. You need to pattern your body and
allow your joints and muscles to understand the movements. Practice will not
only help your body-brain connection, it
will help strengthen the muscles necessary to properly execute the steps.
You can also incorporate your front
cross steps into your fitness and workout
routines. Definitely practice them while
warming up both you and your dog
before agility. Always practice your footwork in your walk-throughs until you are
completely comfortable.
We have only covered turning in one direction in the article: the dog starting on
your left, turning right, and ending on
your right. You obviously need to work
both sides so the front cross maneuver
is easy for you whether you are turning
the dog right or left. Figure 10 shows
you the footwork for starting with the
dog on your right. D

Laura Manchester-Derrett is part owner of UK Agility in the United Kingdom and UK Agility International in
North America with husband Greg Derrett. Laura and Greg also travel the world training competitors in the
Greg Derrett handling system. Laura has been training dogs half of her life and has competed at the top of
the sport, to include competing at Crufts and Olympia and winning the UKA Nationals and UK Grand Prix and
representing Great Britain at the IFCS WAC 2010, and as a European Open team member for Great Britain.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - May 2013

Clean Run - May 2013
Contents
Reflections from a Novice Handler or What I Have Learned from My Dogs
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
So You’ve Got a Small Dog Now
Training to Your Strengths
The Judge’s Debriefing
Front Cross Footwork
Club Games to Light the Competitive Fires
The 10-Minute Trainer
Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 2
Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 3
How to Choose Your Best Agility Instructor
4 Easy Steps to Getting More Accomplished When You Train
Carpal Hyperextension Injuries
Power Paws Drills: Timing Turns
Ultimate Instructors: Lesson Planning & Foundation, Part 2
Busting the Myths: Too Slow for Your Dog?
I Know That’s Not the Way You’re Supposed to Handle This, But…
Training with the Stars: Amanda Nelson
Clean Run - May 2013 - Clean Run - May 2013
Clean Run - May 2013 - 2
Clean Run - May 2013 - Contents
Clean Run - May 2013 - 4
Clean Run - May 2013 - Reflections from a Novice Handler or What I Have Learned from My Dogs
Clean Run - May 2013 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - May 2013 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - May 2013 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - May 2013 - 9
Clean Run - May 2013 - 10
Clean Run - May 2013 - So You’ve Got a Small Dog Now
Clean Run - May 2013 - 12
Clean Run - May 2013 - 13
Clean Run - May 2013 - 14
Clean Run - May 2013 - 15
Clean Run - May 2013 - 16
Clean Run - May 2013 - 17
Clean Run - May 2013 - Training to Your Strengths
Clean Run - May 2013 - 19
Clean Run - May 2013 - The Judge’s Debriefing
Clean Run - May 2013 - 21
Clean Run - May 2013 - Front Cross Footwork
Clean Run - May 2013 - 23
Clean Run - May 2013 - 24
Clean Run - May 2013 - 25
Clean Run - May 2013 - Club Games to Light the Competitive Fires
Clean Run - May 2013 - 27
Clean Run - May 2013 - 28
Clean Run - May 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
Clean Run - May 2013 - 30
Clean Run - May 2013 - 31
Clean Run - May 2013 - 32
Clean Run - May 2013 - Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 2
Clean Run - May 2013 - 34
Clean Run - May 2013 - 35
Clean Run - May 2013 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 3
Clean Run - May 2013 - 37
Clean Run - May 2013 - 38
Clean Run - May 2013 - 39
Clean Run - May 2013 - How to Choose Your Best Agility Instructor
Clean Run - May 2013 - 41
Clean Run - May 2013 - 4 Easy Steps to Getting More Accomplished When You Train
Clean Run - May 2013 - 43
Clean Run - May 2013 - 44
Clean Run - May 2013 - 45
Clean Run - May 2013 - Carpal Hyperextension Injuries
Clean Run - May 2013 - 47
Clean Run - May 2013 - 48
Clean Run - May 2013 - 49
Clean Run - May 2013 - 50
Clean Run - May 2013 - Power Paws Drills: Timing Turns
Clean Run - May 2013 - 52
Clean Run - May 2013 - 53
Clean Run - May 2013 - 54
Clean Run - May 2013 - 55
Clean Run - May 2013 - 56
Clean Run - May 2013 - Ultimate Instructors: Lesson Planning & Foundation, Part 2
Clean Run - May 2013 - 58
Clean Run - May 2013 - Busting the Myths: Too Slow for Your Dog?
Clean Run - May 2013 - 60
Clean Run - May 2013 - I Know That’s Not the Way You’re Supposed to Handle This, But…
Clean Run - May 2013 - 62
Clean Run - May 2013 - Training with the Stars: Amanda Nelson
Clean Run - May 2013 - 64
Clean Run - May 2013 - 65
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