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I find spending my time working on fast sits and downs on the table is pretty boring;
of course, since I don’t find it exciting, my dogs don’t either! I do, however, want my dogs
to perform any behavior they can do on the ground on the table, with equal zest and speed.
So, I want to do a lot of fun things that revolve around the table. And, it turns out that
the table can also be a great piece of conditioning equipment.
Move into your dog’s space or ask
him to back up. If he’s comfortable with it, physically place his
rear legs on the table. If your dog
is reluctant to do this but does
know how to back up, you can
soften the edges of the table with
a towel, pillow, or blanket. Many
dogs don’t want to hit their rear
legs on a solid surface.

that I’m not doing too much of
this activity. As with all other exercises, moderation is key. What I
really want is for my dog to get as
few cookies as possible until his
whole body is on the table, then
he will get lots of cookies.

Click and treat for your dog
looking at the wicket

•

Click and treat for your dog
moving his head toward
the wicket

•

Click and treat for your dog
ducking under the wicket

In each case, deliver your cookie
so that the dog has to continue
to move toward or duck his head
under/through the wicket to get
his cookie.

When your dog is completely
on the table, give lots of treats
and praise. Toss a cookie off the
table to get your dog back on the
ground and start over again.

Measuring Games on the Table

With this exercise, I purposefully
don’t lure my dog forward into a
two-on/two-off position on the
table because I don’t really want
him trying to drive forward into
that position. I also make sure

At some point, your dog is going
to have to be on a table outside
the ring at a trial in order to be
measured. So I include measuring games in my table training
repertoire. For this game, use a

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With your dog on the table, do the
following:

•

Once your dog has his rear legs
on the table, reward low, between
his front legs, so that he has to
look down to get his treat. Then
move in to his space again and reward for any movement backward
that results in more of your dog’s
body being on the table.

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piece of PVC pipe, a hula hoop
cut in half, or a homemade measuring wicket made out of three
short pieces of PVC and a couple of 90° elbows.

You can also reward your dog
for picking up the wicket in his
mouth, allowing you to touch any
part of his body with the wicket,
allowing you to pass the wicket
above the length of his body, or
allowing you to rest the wicket on
his shoulders while you feed him.

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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
Clean Run - May 2013 - 66
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