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I Know That’s Not
the Way You’re Supposed
to Handle This, But…
By Michelle Hrnchar

If you are reading this, it’s a good bet that you
and I have something in common: we are agility addicts. Students of the sport, intensely competitive, who will do just about anything to get a
weekend away to trial. We have libraries of books
and DVDs on training, spend endless hours logging our trial stats, and countless dollars on trial
entries, dog supplies, and equipment. We’ll
barter our soul for someone to video our
run ringside, and then spend hours
analyzing what went right and what
went wrong on course.
On the other hand, there’s something that makes me different
than many of people reading this
magazine; I have unusual canine
partners on my agility team,
namely French Bulldogs. I’m
the kind of person who enjoys
being unique. Tell me something can’t be done, and my
first reaction is not just to
find a way to do it—but
to knock the theoretical
ball out of the park in
doing so.
Learning the sport of agility with
a Bulldog as your partner implies
several things. First, that you have
a sense of humor. We might not
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always be good, but we are always
entertaining. Running a course with a
Frenchie also means you don’t mind being
noticed; you are going to stand out, for good or
for bad! There is no better marker dog than my
Frenchie, Brutus—distinguishable by both sight
and sound from every other dog at the trial. Finally, my atypical dogs have allowed me some
unusual license to bend the training and handling
rules that the majority of us are bound by. Allow
me to explain.
Far from the stereotype of “stubborn” as bully breeds
are often labeled, my dogs are biddable and very
smart. Unfortunately, they get bored easily—repetition and drilling are not their cup of tea. To
train a Bulldog, one first has to find a way to convince their little gremlin-like brain that there’s
something good in this for them. Just as importantly, one also must be on their game as a handler to get it right the first time. With my dogs,
running a sequence over and over to perfect
my handling isn’t going to fly. Instead,
I would see my little bat-eared buddy
sitting there with a look on his face that
says, “I got it right; if you want to practice
it again, you’re on your own.” I’ve learned
to walk a sequence a bunch of times by
myself, and only bring my dog into the
equation once I’ve really got the feel of
things. Consequently, I spend much less
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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
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Clean Run - May 2013 - Contents
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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
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Clean Run - May 2013 - 16
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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
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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…
Clean Run - May 2013 - 62
Clean Run - May 2013 - Training with the Stars: Amanda Nelson
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