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The History of the

AN AGILITY RECOGNIT PROGRA
By Michele Godlevski, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, CC, BS Do you remember the reason you took she replied “It’s great for that.” To your first agility class? If you ask most which I replied, “Well, I just want you people, the answer is usually “just forH An opportunity for reactive or highly distracted to know that I have absolutely no desire fun” or “to see if my dog liked it.” Re- dogsto compete. I only want to help my dog to demonstrate their agility skills member that thrill you had when you through her issues.” We laugh about H realized how much your dog loved the An organization that welcomes ALL DOGS that to this day, as I now have multiple game? Most of us never looked back regardless of breed or mix of breeds, and I venue agility championship titles including dogs with disabilities, (deafness, visionfrom there and the rest is just a blur. own my own agility training facility in Youngsville, NC. impairment, three limbs, etc.) There are probably many of you out H there who had another reason for gettingAn organization of My Reactive Dogs The Birth that places emphasis on involved in agility—to build confidence skills and achievement recognition rather Agility Class in a shy dog or to give direction and than on speed and competition purpose to an adolescent troublemaker. With H A possiblemy first little rescue dog,who may starting point for dogs CheyAlthough the sport of agility has taken enne, my motto was “if we can conquer one day agility obstacles, we can enterwith progress far enough to deal sancon a very competitive, world-classthe tioned agility trialsthe age of five months, sports face, there are still many students the world.” At with more training who take that first agility class for other A possible option for peoplego out of the Cheyenne was afraid to experiencing H reasons. Agility has a therapeutic value public appearance anxietywalk down the house, afraid to take a for dogs and people alike. It gives us a street, afraid of cars, afraid of storm positive outlet for our energy, our comgrates, distrustful of people, and petripulsions, and more importantly, a chanfied of other dogs. By the end of her nel to foster a meaningful relationship long life, she had competed traditional X A substitute or replacement for in agility with our dog. and even won a agility competitions fewsanctioning or first place ribbons, lived peacefully in a pack of six dogs, I’ll never forget the conversation I had organizations and had become a marvelous therapy years ago, with my friend and soonX An organization thattroubled dogs has aldog. Rehabbing offers placements to-be mentor, Bonnie Buchanan of ways been my passion, so within a class based on speed after getting Bon-Clyde Learning Center in Sanford, my Behavior Counselor Certification, NC. She had just opened up a brand X An organization that “labels” a dog! The I decided to merge two passions new agility facility back then, in 1995, Virtual Agility LeaguemyNOT mutuallyinto is one class—a therapeutic agility class— and came to speak to our dog training exclusive with other agility organizations. called Reactive Dogs Agility. club to invite us to try this new sport

WHAT IT IS:

activity pattern required in agility can H It is recommend that all dogs participa refocus the attention of a worried dog League be given the benefit on the task at hand and help the world of professio Owners of reactive dogs should conside disappear. Certainly, for all dogs, agilBehavior Counselor. Owners ity serves as an outlet for excess energyof distract and built-up frustration, in the same way progr pursuing the Control Unleashed sports do for humans. However, this class Hspecifically billed as ato submit an agility is Ask your instructor “not for competition class.” Our class setting up a course and to assist you in description says the goal of the class is to use agility H Enter gain more Virtual “life to help the doga monthly practicalAgility League skills” (like being ableTWO STANDARD COURSE course map. to walk calmly past another dog, being able to go into COURSES AT EACH LEVEL WILL BE OFF a new place, or being comfortable with eye contact from humans).your dogs are you se H With the help of The instructor, requiredan take behavior modification to approved agility facility prerequisite classes and often take a Control Unleashed® class as well. your dog and H Perform the course with

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of agility. I remember having only one The goal of this class is to use agility as question for her: “Can agility help to Virtual Agility League FOR ANY REASON,art a therapeutic intervention—much like build confidence in a shy dog?” “Sure!” and also be simultaneously competing in therapy or music therapy for kids. The

You and your dog can compete in the

There have been quite a few success H Submit the video for review on your ow stories over the years of offering this send the URL to us class. A few that stand out are a Pug that wasWe review the video and verify that the H afraid to walk under anything, including doorways. His first time criteria for qualifying through the tire was nothing short of triumphant. His life skills improved so a rosette H You receive a qualifying score, much that he was able to attend a “Pugperformance o-ween” picnic, and sit comfortably with the Afterof the group under a picnic H rest 3 qualifying scores at a particular shelter. Another case was a Boxer that tificate. Medals will be awarded for the had previously been a “bait dog” and VALOR-DICTORIAN level titles. was seized in a fighting ring bust. He began the class petrified of both people and dogs would “hard eye” them from a distance. In the most recent class he at-

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - July 2012

Clean Run - July 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Children at Agility Trials
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The History of the Virtual Agility League
Agility Mind Gym: See Success
Agility After Joint Replacement
Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Not Your Normal Agility Dog
Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
Chute Straight
Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
What’s in Your Toolbox?
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Contents
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Editorializing: Children at Agility Trials
Clean Run - July 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - July 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - July 2012 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 10
Clean Run - July 2012 - The History of the Virtual Agility League
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: See Success
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility After Joint Replacement
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Clean Run - July 2012 - Not Your Normal Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Chute Straight
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
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Clean Run - July 2012 - I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
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Clean Run - July 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
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Clean Run - July 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
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