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side of your body in the face of tempting choices, you are fixing
your cutting-behind-you problem. Miss the opportunities at
your own peril. Private lessons can get expensive!
How to Determine When to Use the 4 Steps
You gave a cue and the dog didn’t see it, didn’t do it, whatever—the bottom line is you did not get the response you
solicited. You must immediately make the decision whether to
apply the 4 steps or not. Do this by asking yourself if the cue
was reasonable. Was the cue
u Delivered at the right time?
u Given at the right place?
u Strong or clear enough?
u Given when you were close enough for the dog to pick
it up (think rear cross)?
u Actually something you taught the dog? Does he really know
it or are you just dabbling around with something new?
If the cue was not reasonable do not apply the 4 Steps. Go back
and try the sequence again. This time give a reasonable cue or,
if you determine a reasonable cue is not possible, change your
handling choice.
If the cue was indeed reasonable, you should apply the 4 steps.
Make Your Point
Make your point, right there and right then.
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. STOP.
Stopping can be done in a happy way—no
need to be nasty about it—we are not punishing, we are teaching. I call this the “scene of
the crime.” I know that it is truly not a “crime,” I just call it that
so students can easily remember it. It is critical to keep the cue
what you intend it to be. Some years ago if my dog seemed confused with a cue I would “help” him by modifying the cue a bit.
I would do a little more of this or that; perhaps add a verbal cue
to the physical cue, add more drama with my arms, or not rotate
as fast or as slowly as I had the first time. Then one day, like a
sign from above, I realized that changing the cue was not helping
the dog to learn the cue. I needed to be and remain consistent—
news flash, right?
Now when I train if there is a misunderstanding with a reasonable cue, I do not modify the cue. I teach, right then and there.
I give the dog a chance to figure it out by showing him the
same cue again. I will do this up to five times—showing the
dog the cue the same way each time. It may be hard for you to
refrain from “helping” sooner than that, but I encourage you to
hang tight. Don’t panic or worry if your dog is a bit confused.
Confusion is not the enemy in learning. Your dog should not
be confused that often (if he is you are not on the right track),
but a bit of confusion now and again is healthy for a normal
dog. Let him rise to the challenge of figuring things out and
using his brain in a way that will lead him to the wonderful
celebration you will provide when the light bulb goes on! If you
need to keep reinforcement up so you don’t lose the dog’s brain
during this process, you can (and should!) reward noseMay 13

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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
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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
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Clean Run - May 2013 - 28
Clean Run - May 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
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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
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Clean Run - May 2013 - Power Paws Drills: Timing Turns
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Clean Run - May 2013 - Ultimate Instructors: Lesson Planning & Foundation, Part 2
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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…
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Clean Run - May 2013 - Training with the Stars: Amanda Nelson
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