Clean Run - June 2011 - (Page 65)

Ready, Set, Trial! By Jamie McKay, CPDT KA, photos by Clean Run Walk, then Run Everyone processes and learns information differently. Three types of learning styles have been identified: visual, auditory, and tactile/ kinesthetic. Many people learn best by using a combination of styles, although they may have a dominant style that they prefer. if not, maps will be posted. Draw lines to identify the straightest path between obstacles and note where the dog must change sides. Handlers walk simultaneously, but in large classes the walk-through may be divided by jump heights to give everyone an equal opportunity. Know the time allotted for the walk-through and know when you will walk. “Power Course Analysis” by Nancy Gyes in CR September 2009 details the steps for using the course map and your walk-through to your best advantage. For your first pass, walk the course in its entirety. Consider the course from your dog’s perspective. I have a Westie so I crouch down to see things from her viewpoint. If you plan a start-line lead-out, the dog should be positioned so he sees the second obstacle even if it means setting the dog up at an angle. Remember: if the dog is looking at it, he is thinking about it! Learn the big picture first and then focus on the details. Note the placement of the numbered cones. Count the numbers as you walk. Memorize the course by dividing it into sections or short patterns. Note the path between obstacles and the landing zone of the obstacles. Where are the lead changes? Where do you need to place your crosses? Do they feel right? Your handling must communicate all information to your dog that he needs to run the course accurately and efficiently. Modify your plan as needed if you are running more than one dog. Seeing your fellow competitors walk a course can influence your decisions. Keep in mind that only you know what will work to your strengths and weaknesses as a team. Having trouble memorizing the course? Try backchaining the last few obstacles. Backchaining involves learning the last part of a sequence first and working backward. Finally, run the course just as you will in competition. Start the run with your imaginary dog or do a lead-out as planned. Say the verbal cues you will use on the actual run. Don’t be embarrassed. Consider cutting your walkthrough short if your dog is one of the first five dogs in the class. The judge blows a whistle to signal exhibitors to clear the course when the time is up. 65 · · Visual learners tend to remember course maps and create mental images to retain information. Auditory learners listen carefully to the judge’s briefing. They enjoy discussing handling strategies. They may find listening to music through headphones during their walkthrough helps their concentration. Kinesthetic or tactile learners prefer a handson approach. They learn the course by doing the walk-through. · Your individual style influences how you will memorize the course. There is no right or wrong way. Before your walk-through obtain a map to review the course design and challenges. Individual maps are usually available at check-in; June 11 | Clean Run

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - June 2011

Clean Run - June 2011
Editorializing: When Did Agility Become About Looks?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Building and Balancing Handler and Obstacle Focus, Part 3
Sharpening Your Snooker Skill: Teach Your Dog to Bypass Obstacles
Lameness in Agility Dogs
Confessions of a Gambling Addict, Part 2: Planning the Opening
AKC’s New Kid on the Block: Time 2 Beat
Challenges for Rising Stars
Intervertebral Disc Disease in the Canine Athlete
Challenges at CR Central
FOCUS and Impulse-control Classes: Week 2
Ready, Set, Trial! Walk, then Run
Tips for Training Running Contacts, Part 1
When is Good Enough Enough?
Agility Bloopers

Clean Run - June 2011