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Challenge your team by continuously working to improve your handling accuracy at a distance.
The payoff is a more confident dog that can speed up because he is not waiting for you
to show him what to do on each obstacle.

3

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Repeat the exercise continuing to move
away laterally until you can start 10' to
15' away and have your dog take the obstacle rather than move toward you.
Moving Away
Place a target with food on it or a toy
at the end of the dogwalk or A-frame as
in the previous exercises. As before, let
your dog see the reward and get excited
about it while you hold him by the collar.

Take one step toward the dog’s path
to the contact, then turn and
maintain a lateral path.
4

Walk the dog to the beginning of the
obstacle, still holding the collar. Send the
dog over the contact and move slightly
away laterally. Maintain the appropriate body language, which includes having your shoulders pointed toward the
dog’s path with your arm up, as shown in
Figure 4. Mark the successful completion of the obstacle and allow the dog
to collect the reward.
With each repetition, move progressively farther away laterally as the dog is
performing the obstacle. The goal is for
the dog to get used to seeing you moving away while he finishes the contact
independently.

Support the obstacle with your arm
and shoulders while moving away
from the A-frame.

be if running alongside the dog. Face the
path between the dog and the contact
obstacle, take one step forward, and release him to the contact. Move parallel to
the dog so that you end up the same distance away from the end of the contact
obstacle as you were from the up ramp,
as shown in Figure 3. Mark the successful completion of the obstacle and allow the dog to get the reward.

TeeTer
The teeter presents a challenge because
of the reward placement. For safety,
many people prefer to train a four-onthe-board contact rather than two-on/
two-off or running contacts. Used in
moderation, canned spray cheese or
Kong Paste is a wonderful tool for foodmotivated dogs on the teeter. A small
dot at the very end of the board can
provide “glue” for small treats, or serve
as the reward on its own.The placement
at the end encourages the dog to run to

the end of the board and wait.The other
option is to place a target on the ground
at the end of the teeter. Other than reward placement, teaching an independent teeter follows the same process as
the A-frame and dogwalk.

Proofing
Proofing is the process of ensuring the
dog understands his job even if something unexpected happens. After working through the distance exercises for
the tunnel and for the contacts, begin
adding in front crosses at a distance,
cheering, toys or treats on the ground
around the obstacles, and pretend
stumbles or falls. Amaze your friends by
having your dog complete an obstacle
while you are sitting in a chair or lying
on the ground. If your dog can perform
independently while ignoring significant
distractions during practice, he will be
more likely to succeed in a noisy, busy
trial environment.

WhaT’s nexT?
Once you have worked through the
above exercises, you will be able to direct your dog to a tunnel or contact
obstacle and your dog will complete it
independently, regardless of where you
are or what you are doing. Challenge
your team by continuously working to
improve your handling accuracy at a
distance. The payoff is a more confident
dog that can speed up because he is not
waiting for you to show him what to do
on each obstacle. Next we’re going to
cover exercises to master independent
performance of weave poles and jumping sequences. D

Lorrie Reynolds has been involved with agility since 2002. She and her mixed breed NATCH-8, Versatility-NATCH-5, Gold-C-MEX, PDCH Maxx have qualified for national
championships every year in multiple venues, and have competed at the NADAC or DOCNA championships for the past nine years, never placing lower than 8th. Lorrie
is well known in Colorado for her distance work with mixed-breed rescues Maxx, C-MEX Storm (retired), and her newest dog, Pixie. Lorrie has been teaching her distance
seminar, “Gambling is Addictive,” in Colorado since 2006 and also offers private lessons. Contact her at coagilityinfo@yahoo.com.

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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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