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Upon exiting the crate and reorienting to you—again, you the handler are working as a target here—you could choose to send your dog to his go-to-place mat. The dog should already have a preconditioned association with this mat, which means he can relax and have treats and not feel any pressure when he’s on it. You can do a back-and-forth game where the dog goes from crate to mat, or crate to you to mat; any simple rhythmic ritual will help the dog process an environment that may be concerning to him.

light to exit light; I broke up the huge chaotic space into a series of little targets that cropped up often and were easy to find. Then every time I saw a bathroom I could go, “Good job Leslie! Now on to the next target!” So it was very reinforcing to look for and find my targets, kind of like an airport Easter egg hunt, without the candy. Making the Entire Room Part of the Station So it’s all well and good to establish a comfort zone for the shy dog in class, but what about when he has to move around class? If you are in a class where the instructor will allow it, I would start with putting some mats on the floor. Put one at the entrance of the ring space or work space, so your dog goes from the station mat to the next mat. Giving your mat cue will help the dog process the experience of “walking through this new potentially scary space into a work space where I could feel pressure” as just more mat work.

This ritual gives him a predictable rule structure he is comfortable with, so that he processes being in class peripherally while using the structure. It is the same method I used to get myself through airports on the way to give seminars. I would get nervous and feel unsure about finding things in the airport so I broke the concept of “moving through an airport environment” into smaller steps—I target trained myself to go from terminal sign to sign, bathroom to bathroom, exit

As an alternative, or you could add it in, I often have dogs reorienting upon entering the ring—so the same behavior they do at the front door and upon coming out of their crates gets repeated here; basically, any physical threshold where the dog is moving into a new and potentially distracting space is a contact point for the dog to check in with his person. I always have ring gates to mark the training space, and an entry area, so there is a clear space for the dogs to practice this behavior.

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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
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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 - Challenges for Rising Stars
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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 - 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 - Building Blocks: Building Skills Around the Tunnel
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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 - Agility Mind Gym: Visualization
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Clean Run - June 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: Shy & Overwhelmed
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