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a stipulation can be that if the first pattern (whatever it is) is in one direction, the next pattern needs to be completed in the other direction. So for our example, if the quad pinwheel was taken clockwise, then the next pattern needs to be done counterclockwise as illustrated in Figure 7. For all the overachievers out there, one training drill might be that, instead of running a set pattern, a training partner calls out what pattern to run. For example, if a dog starts with a and goes to b (red path), the partner might call, “Number 3” (the 180) as shown in Figure 8. The dog and handler must then take c, to get to and perform the 180 (orange path). Once completed, the dog and handler get back to the center circle. The partner then calls out, “Number 1” and the dog and handler must go to the three-jump pinwheel(green path). The dog and handler then have to get to and perform the pinwheel and then get back to the circle. This training has the benefit of working on the situational awareness of the handler to engage in more complex obstacle sequences. The disadvantage of the Ferris Wheel setup is that it can be jump intensive. For those with smaller spaces or a limited number of jumps, the smaller pattern shown in Figure 9 can be set to achieve the same thing. As always, remember that the goal of the training session is to teach the dog a skill, not to get the pattern numerically correct.

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If the goal is to simply get through the sequence then we don’t teach the skill. Instead we end up “handling” the dog through the sequence. If the dog (or handler) doesn’t understand something, “soften” the sequence by making it easier. That way we achieve the goal of teaching the dog a skill that he will always be able to use. D

Stuart Mah, a leading innovator of canine agility in the U.S., has been active in the sport since 1989. Stuart has excelled as a competitor and as an instructor, and has competed at the highest levels of agility to include 15 USDAA Grand Prix finals and five AKC finals. He has represented the U.S. nine times in international competition. He has five dogs in the USDAA Hall of Fame. His dogs have won six national individual and team titles in AKC or USDAA and his dog, Qwik, has won gold, silver, and bronze medals in international competition. His current dog, Ares, finished number one in USDAA’s top ten in all events for 2011 and is on the 2012 US agility team. Stuart is a noted author and expert on course design. He has written numerous articles for various publications on the sport of agility and has also written two agility books: Fundamentals of Course Design for Dog Agility and Course Analysis for Agility Handlers. 20 Clean Run | June 12



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Clean Run - June 2012
Contents
Editorializing: The Other Bank Account
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Awesome Paws Drills: Skills Checklist, Part 3
On the Road Again: Safety Measures for Driving with Your Dog
Challenges for Rising Stars
Proofing Your Dog’s Weave Pole Performance
Knowledge Equals Speed! Positive Training Routines
Analyze This!
Perfecting Nutrition for Performance Dogs
Why Dogs Sniff and What to Do About It
Building Blocks: Building Skills Around the Tunnel
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
New & Common Therapies for Treating Injuries in the Canine Athlete
Agility Mind Gym: Visualization
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: Shy & Overwhelmed
Clean Run - June 2012 - Clean Run - June 2012
Clean Run - June 2012 - 2
Clean Run - June 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - June 2012 - 4
Clean Run - June 2012 - Editorializing: The Other Bank Account
Clean Run - June 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - June 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Clean Run - June 2012 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - June 2012 - 9
Clean Run - June 2012 - Awesome Paws Drills: Skills Checklist, Part 3
Clean Run - June 2012 - 11
Clean Run - June 2012 - 12
Clean Run - June 2012 - On the Road Again: Safety Measures for Driving with Your Dog
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Clean Run - June 2012 - 17
Clean Run - June 2012 - Challenges for Rising Stars
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Clean Run - June 2012 - 20
Clean Run - June 2012 - Proofing Your Dog’s Weave Pole Performance
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Clean Run - June 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Positive Training Routines
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Clean Run - June 2012 - 31
Clean Run - June 2012 - Analyze This!
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Clean Run - June 2012 - Perfecting Nutrition for Performance Dogs
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Clean Run - June 2012 - Why Dogs Sniff and What to Do About It
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Clean Run - June 2012 - 50
Clean Run - June 2012 - Building Blocks: Building Skills Around the Tunnel
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Clean Run - June 2012 - 53
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Clean Run - June 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Clean Run - June 2012 - New & Common Therapies for Treating Injuries in the Canine Athlete
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Clean Run - June 2012 - 58
Clean Run - June 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: Visualization
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Clean Run - June 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: Shy & Overwhelmed
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