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Once we know the theoretical front crosses, those front crosses that are back to back, which make two opposing directional turns, we want to combine into serpentine handling. Serpentine handling will lessen the amount of turning and running on the handler’s part and enable the handler to stay even further ahead on course, allowing for clearer and timely cues. We also need to determine whether or not we are capable of giving the correct front cross cue so we can show correct deceleration, position, and timing. If not, we will look for the next turn the dog makes on course, after this theoretical front cross, and use a rear cross instead. We will also decide if we have any places on the course where we need to use a threadle. This might be necessary if there is a chance that shoulder rotation may cue the opposite behavior. If we begin at the start of the course, there are some options for running this sequence, depending on what side of #2 the handler begins on. After running the different options for staying ahead and giving the best cues and lines, I found the most efficient way was to combine the two front crosses (from #1 to #2 and #2 to #3) into serpentine handling, and then also to combine the front crosses from #3 to #4 and #4 to #5 into serpentine handling. The dog should be set up straight, facing the refusal line of #2, on the left side of the handler as shown in Figure 6. Upon being released from the start line, the dog must drive to the refusal line since that is what is being cued by the handler’s pointing

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Handling #1-#5 At release from start line handler shows acceleration to drive to refusal line (black handler). As dog commits to line, handler cues #2 with right arm (green). As dog commits to #2, handler cues #3 by switching to left (blue) arm. As dog commits to #3, handler cues #4 with right arm (red). As dog commits to #5, handler cues it with left arm (turquoise).

the RZ in the same direction. The handler should lead out laterally since this already puts her ahead, but just enough back that a step or two of acceleration can be shown to cue the drive to the refusal line of #2. As the dog crosses the refusal line, move to the serpentine positional cue. With a line of sight through the uprights of #2, immediately change arms from a left to a right, cuing the right turn to #2. At lift off to #2, which is “commitment” to this jump, run toward #4 and switch back to a left arm, cuing the left turn to #3 as the dog is chasing the handler to #3. Still easily ahead of the dog and running to the serpentine positional cue at #4, the right arm once again cues the right turn to #4. At lift off to #4, step with the left foot at the same time, switching to the left arm to create the left turn to #5. Shoulder rotation off the right side turns the dog right turn into the tunnel.

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# Clean Run - June 2012

## Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - June 2012

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
Clean Run - June 2012 - 14
Clean Run - June 2012 - 15
Clean Run - June 2012 - 16
Clean Run - June 2012 - 17
Clean Run - June 2012 - Challenges for Rising Stars
Clean Run - June 2012 - 19
Clean Run - June 2012 - 20
Clean Run - June 2012 - Proofing Your Dog’s Weave Pole Performance
Clean Run - June 2012 - 22
Clean Run - June 2012 - 23
Clean Run - June 2012 - 24
Clean Run - June 2012 - 25
Clean Run - June 2012 - 26
Clean Run - June 2012 - 27
Clean Run - June 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Positive Training Routines
Clean Run - June 2012 - 29
Clean Run - June 2012 - 30
Clean Run - June 2012 - 31
Clean Run - June 2012 - Analyze This!
Clean Run - June 2012 - 33
Clean Run - June 2012 - 34
Clean Run - June 2012 - 35
Clean Run - June 2012 - 36
Clean Run - June 2012 - 37
Clean Run - June 2012 - 38
Clean Run - June 2012 - 39
Clean Run - June 2012 - Perfecting Nutrition for Performance Dogs
Clean Run - June 2012 - 41
Clean Run - June 2012 - 42
Clean Run - June 2012 - 43
Clean Run - June 2012 - Why Dogs Sniff and What to Do About It
Clean Run - June 2012 - 45
Clean Run - June 2012 - 46
Clean Run - June 2012 - 47
Clean Run - June 2012 - 48
Clean Run - June 2012 - 49
Clean Run - June 2012 - 50
Clean Run - June 2012 - Building Blocks: Building Skills Around the Tunnel
Clean Run - June 2012 - 52
Clean Run - June 2012 - 53
Clean Run - June 2012 - 54
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
Clean Run - June 2012 - 57
Clean Run - June 2012 - 58
Clean Run - June 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: Visualization
Clean Run - June 2012 - 60
Clean Run - June 2012 - 61
Clean Run - June 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: Shy & Overwhelmed
Clean Run - June 2012 - 63
Clean Run - June 2012 - 64
Clean Run - June 2012 - 65
Clean Run - June 2012 - 66
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