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H The stress of having ring stewards and leash runners in the ring Now, let’s take a look at what The Virtual Agility League does include: H The stress of having unpredictable H A supportive group of peers who H Challenging courses at many skill levels and uncontrollable distractions outside the ring might run out of the ring understand your dog’s special needs H The stress of worrying that your dog H The stress of having to get your dog on leash quickly and exit the ring as soon as possible ately if you qualified or not and having to find someone who was watching your run the number of NQs at the end of a weekend H The opportunity to really master a H A feeling of achievement for both you and your dog course by trying it until you succeed In short, the VALOR program is about demonstrating a good relationship with your dog through the fun sport of agility, in an environment set up for success. It’s about using agility to work through and overcome behavioral obstacles, rather than creating more problems. The Virtual Agility League is the heart and soul of why most folks fall in love with agility, without the fog of what often obscures that joy in a traditional agility venue. For more information about The Virtual Agility League, please visit www.VirtualAgilityLeague.com. D H The stress of not knowing immedi- H All the benefits and bragging rights H The stress and cost of tallying up H The stress of peer criticism of a traditional venue run, including ribbons, title certificates, medals, trophies, and letters to put after your dog’s name run your dog does H A videotaped online record of every H Never having to pay for an NQ run again VALOR Dog Testimonials & Stories “I have to say that since we started this league, Sheila has gotten so much more focused on agility and easier to handle in public, I am so happy with her progress.” —Jackie & “Sheila” “I was so pleased with how he did in his beginners runs and this intermediate run... looking forward to more Valor... it is just so nice to be able to run him in such a relaxed atmosphere.” —Leslie and “Danny” “You have no idea how excited we all are to have earned agility titles for these challenging dogs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” —Jude and “Dusty” “Thank you so very much! To be able, finally, to compete with Mia is nothing short of wonderful! Mia is a dog who usually cannot be in the presence of other dogs without going ballistic. VALOR gives her a chance to be challenged and to show off her talent without giving her a chance to practice all those unwanted behaviors... Her first title has already arrived in the mail and is now proudly displayed alongside my other dogs’ accomplishments. These titles represent clearing emotional and behavioral obstacles as well as the obstacles on the courses, which makes them even more special to me. We could have just continued taking safe, private agility lessons but VALOR gives us achievable goals now, so our lessons have a purpose.” —Valerie & “Mia” Michele Godlevski is a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), and has endorsements in dog obedience and agility instruction from the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors. Michele has earned eight championship-level agility titles and has qualified for an agility national championship every year for the last five years. Michele owns Teamworks Dog Training, LLC, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Michele teaches agility classes, including a Therapeutic Agility Class for reactive dogs, and offers in-home behavioral consultations as well as InBoard training in her home. Information about Michele and about Teamworks Dog Training can be found at www.TeamworksDogTraining.com. 14 Clean Run | July 12 http://www.VirtualAgilityLeague.com http://www.TeamworksDogTraining.com

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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?
Clean Run - July 2012 - Clean Run - July 2012
Clean Run - July 2012 - 2
Clean Run - July 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - July 2012 - 4
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
Clean Run - July 2012 - 12
Clean Run - July 2012 - 13
Clean Run - July 2012 - 14
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: See Success
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 17
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility After Joint Replacement
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 21
Clean Run - July 2012 - 22
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 - 62
Clean Run - July 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
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