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use this list to avoid triggers as you are teaching self-control and the other skills you want. In time, you will incorporate this list into your training, adding the triggers as distractions. Master of Your (Reinforcement) Domain To re-direct your dog’s energy and excitement back to you (rather than out toward everything else), you must be the master of your reinforcement domain. You must control the dog’s access to reinforcement in all ways—reinforcement that comes from you, as well as reinforcement he can gather from the environment. Remember that environmental reinforcement can be more powerful than anything you have to offer! Here are the keys to being the master of your reinforcement domain. ment for these behaviors. These behaviors include obvious ones, such as: Say Goodbye to Corrections Corrections (positive punishment) such as leash pops, yelling, grabbing, spraying water, etc. are not only unhelpful, they are also counterproductive. This creates a highly aroused state for the handler, which zips right down the leash to the dog and creates even more arousal. Positive punishment might sometimes appear to work in this context because it might suppress the unwanted behavior, but it is not the source of building understanding for the future or passion for working with the handler. Plus, corrections can often add fuel to the fire, making the over-aroused behaviors even more explosive and running the risk of building aggressive behaviors. · · · · · · · · · Chasing, barking, or lunging at other dogs or people at a trial or in class Pulling the handler toward reinforcement Chasing, barking, or lunging at other dogs, people, bikes, or cars on the street, out the window, or even from behind a fence or in a crate or x-pen Spinning Biting the handler Feel free to add your own here This also includes some of the less obvious behaviors associated with over-arousal: Stalking or obsessing on things that are moving, such as a dog running agility Spitting out treats Refusing to play tug Stop the Rehearsal! Allowing the dog to rehearse the overaroused behaviors is the same as handing him a meatball every time he does something you don’t like. At first, you must simply not allow the dog any opportunity to rehearse or get reinforce- The dog’s focus should be your top priority, not attempting sequences or courses! Laser Therapy and Pulsing Electro Magnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy Systems For over 25 years, Respond Systems has made unprecedented therapy equipment for the treatment of soft tissue pain and stiffness caused by injury, arthritis and other degenerative disease…but did you know our PEMF therapy beds can also be used as part of your dog’s warm-up and cool-down routines? Keep your dog supple and sound with regular PEMF therapy. “I work with owners to develop home care programs with exercises, stretches, massage techniques, etc. I have recently been having owners use Respond System’s Bio-Pulse Magnetic Therapy Bed for injured and post surgery patients, and for older pets. Owners report their dogs immediately settle on their bed for nightly treatments. I am pleased to have something more to offer my clients for their home care programs.” –Donna M. Raditic DVM, CVA, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Buy, rent, or rent to own a laser or PEMF device today! • www.respondsystems.com • 800-722-1228 July 12 | Clean Run 29 http://www.respondsystems.com http://www.respondsystems.com

Clean Run - July 2012

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
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 25
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 27
Clean Run - July 2012 - Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
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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
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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
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 41
Clean Run - July 2012 - 42
Clean Run - July 2012 - Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
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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
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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?
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