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Once you can offer your pup an open hand with a treat in and do your “three, two, one” and “OK,” the next step is to toss the treat forward onto the ground on the count of two. Your dog will move to go and take it and you just lean forward and put your foot on the treat to show him that moving won’t be successful to get the treat. He will soon wait during the countdown while you toss the treat, then you can finish the countdown followed by the release word so he can move forward to take the treat. The next step is to move forward one step during the countdown, always ensuring that you say the word “three” just before moving away. When your dog moves before the release word, close your hand and freeze for a couple of seconds or until your dog comes to a standstill so that he realises that moving early won’t work to get what he wants. Then go back and restart. Gradually proof your dog against your movements. Eventually you should be able to really wind up your dog with your countdown, whilst running away from him. Also use lots of arm movements and headchecks as you run away; this ensures that your dog will not move on any of your movements when you are leaving him. However, it is your responsibility to make sure that when you release your dog with “OK,” you don’t pair this release word with any movement from yourself. Otherwise, proofing him against your movement whilst leaving him will have been in vain. I am either already moving when I release my dog or I am already standing still, but there is no new movement from me when I release. This is why I run out on the course with my arm nearest the dog already raised, so that I don’t need to raise my arm once I am ready to release him. Dogs predict movement so it is better to create no movement when you release. Athletes often do a false start out of the blocks on a racing track for the same reason—they are predicting the starting pistol, the same as your dog is predicting movement. Once doing it well with food, transfer to a toy, even throwing the toy forward sometimes during the countdown. Then you can move the behavior to a point in front of a jump or tunnel, etc. The benefit of teaching your dog this way is that you never have to return in training and reward your dog—every start line can end in a release without deteriorating the quality of your countdown and release. Your dog also understands the purpose of waiting; it is his self-control that gains access to the agility equipment. So you have given your dog a great understanding of why he is supposed to wait. If he breaks in the competition ring, freeze in the same way that you would during training. He will understand instantly why the game didn’t continue, since you have passed the job of self-control on the start line over to him and it is in his power whether or not the countdown carries on to the conclusion and he gets released. One of my youngsters recently competed indoors for the first time. She hadn’t competed for five months over the winter and it was incredibly noisy at the indoor facility, with a barking dog right on her tail as she entered the ring. She has been competing for six months outdoors during the summer and had not broken a start line in the competition ring. However, I was expecting it this time because she was so wound up. of Denali National Park, Alaska! Polly, Zeke & Abby F Kimberlee & Lily F Margy & Jenny F Linda, Sylvie & Ceasar F Kate & the Scottie Kids F Cheryl Laudert, Porter & Breeze F Ingrid Oliver & Jimmie F Heidi, Dot, Ice, Dee & Dice F Wendy, Emma, Stoney & Micky F Joelle, Jet, Zip, Chip & Fred F Jill, Ellie, Gracie & Rosie F Erin & Bella, Kara & Ivy F Candace, Fido & Buzz F Julie, Chance, Cass, Blush & Tru F Valorie, Harley, Tori, Rocky & Libby F Shonda, Mocha, Patch & Keegan F Becky, Sam & Gilly F Annette & Honey F K9trialsonline.com, Mark, Dori Lynn & the Anderson clan F Terry, Sadie, Moxie & Rosie F Judi, Skip & Rory F Irene Meyer F Annie & Tilly F Kathryn Hawkins, Emmy & Clara F Chena Ridge Akitas - Nicki Stewart F Cindy, Remi & Bree F Joni & Cookie F Mickey & Tassie F Chris & Norvin F Patty Rich and Charley F Cindy & Mike Mildbrand F Mary Jane F Patti Engleman F Donna, Peg, Q and Tack at Tonglen Lake PhotograPhs generously contributed by sheri Walsh & © sPringWind PhotograPhy July 12 | Clean Run 45 http://www.K9trialsonline.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
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
Clean Run - July 2012 - 48
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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