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This visualization includes two winged jumps and a 15' blue tunnel. Read through this visualization and then close your eyes and picture it as clearly as possible, in full color and sound. Picture the blue tunnel in a “C” shape, 15' away, with both entrances facing toward you. There is a winged jump on your left and a winged jump on your right, each facing a tunnel entrance square on. Your dog is on your right side, waiting behind the right-hand jump to be sent forward over the jump and directly into the tunnel on a straight line. Release him over the jump and send him to the tunnel. When you know he is going into the tunnel (How do you know? What does he look like when he commits?), turn, move across, and touch the left-hand jump with your right hand. Where is the dog when you touch the jump? Is he still in the tunnel or will he already be coming out? Set up the sequence and try it for real. How accurate was your visualization? Spread the exercise out so the jumps aren’t that easy to get to and test the accuracy of your visualization again. Have you ever been that aware of your dog before? Set up a simple pattern like a figure-eight of jumps, something you are comfortable with. Don’t walk the sequence, just look at it from the sides. Picture handling it with all front crosses and then go out and try to handle it. Come off and picture handling it with all rear crosses and then go out and do it without walking it. Build up to running difficult course sets without walking them, just looking at them from the sides. Never use numbers on the course. This forces you to picture the course and remember it differently. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone creates new learning and prepares you for the day you miss your walkthrough, walk the course wrong and realize it afterward, walk the course early in the morning and run it late in the day, or are running multiple dogs and have to adjust for each. Agility Mind Gym Exercise 1 Agility Mind Gym Exercise 2 ing, your first instinct is usually your best. However, if I have walked two different options and I am confident in my visualization skills, I can change my plan in my mind and it doesn’t really matter which one I physically walked last. So if I see the course is running very differently from what I expected, I can change my plan with decisiveness and commitment. I vi- sualize the new plan as if it was the one I intended all along. The reason changing your mind often doesn’t work is because you have doubts and as a result you don’t commit with intent to any handling choice. We have all seen someone run a wrong course and then been confused ourselves. It is because it is what is in your mind that counts. The stronger your visualization skills are, the less important course walking becomes. The exercises this month will help improve your ability to memorize courses, if you practice. And yes, you can get better at it! Next time, we will discuss how to get into “the flow” and change on the fly. D Kathy Keats has been competing in elite athletics her entire life, with great success. She has been fascinated with human potential and peak performance and has dedicated much of her life to learning how to apply these principles in her various endeavors, as well as teaching others how to reach their potential. Kathy’s success at the national and international level in multiple venues demonstrates a plan for success, not simply a talent in one area. Kathy wants to see everyone become the best they can be and reach their goals in whatever life path they choose. You can reach her at kathy@theagilitycoach.ca. Join Us Online ComfortFlex Sport Harness • Safety • Simplicity • Security www.cleanrun.com 16 www.cleanrun.com Clean Run | July 12 http://www.cleanrun.com http://www.cleanrun.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
Clean Run - July 2012 - 9
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
Clean Run - July 2012 - 16
Clean Run - July 2012 - 17
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility After Joint Replacement
Clean Run - July 2012 - 19
Clean Run - July 2012 - 20
Clean Run - July 2012 - 21
Clean Run - July 2012 - 22
Clean Run - July 2012 - Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
Clean Run - July 2012 - 24
Clean Run - July 2012 - 25
Clean Run - July 2012 - 26
Clean Run - July 2012 - 27
Clean Run - July 2012 - Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
Clean Run - July 2012 - 29
Clean Run - July 2012 - 30
Clean Run - July 2012 - 31
Clean Run - July 2012 - 32
Clean Run - July 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Clean Run - July 2012 - Not Your Normal Agility Dog
Clean Run - July 2012 - 35
Clean Run - July 2012 - 36
Clean Run - July 2012 - 37
Clean Run - July 2012 - 38
Clean Run - July 2012 - Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
Clean Run - July 2012 - 40
Clean Run - July 2012 - 41
Clean Run - July 2012 - 42
Clean Run - July 2012 - Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
Clean Run - July 2012 - 44
Clean Run - July 2012 - 45
Clean Run - July 2012 - 46
Clean Run - July 2012 - Chute Straight
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 49
Clean Run - July 2012 - 50
Clean Run - July 2012 - 51
Clean Run - July 2012 - Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
Clean Run - July 2012 - 53
Clean Run - July 2012 - 54
Clean Run - July 2012 - 55
Clean Run - July 2012 - 56
Clean Run - July 2012 - I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
Clean Run - July 2012 - 58
Clean Run - July 2012 - 59
Clean Run - July 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
Clean Run - July 2012 - 61
Clean Run - July 2012 - 62
Clean Run - July 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
Clean Run - July 2012 - 64
Clean Run - July 2012 - 65
Clean Run - July 2012 - 66
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 68
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