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© ALISSA BEHN/PET-PERSONALITIES.COM Chute Straight The chute is one of the most undertrained obstacles in agility and it’s also underused in training classes. Like its cousin the straight tunnel, most people think that you teach the dog how to go through and then your work is all done. I don’t know about you, but I really hate the sound of “thud” in the chute barrel. I equally hate it when my dog comes out of the chute on her back or doing a face plant. Therefore, I teach my dog to enter the barrel, run through the fabric in a straight line, and exit out straight for a short distance. My dog’s chute performance should resemble her performance when running through a straight tunnel. My goal in this article is to teach you how to teach your dog to enter, perform, and exit the chute quickly and safely. straight. Sit the dog in front of the barrel entrance as shown in Figure 1, then release her to enter the barrel. Throw the reward approximately one body length away from the exit of the barrel; this allows the dog to exit straight, but not shoot too far out of the barrel. Alternatively, place a Ready Treat device one body length from the exit and use that to reward the dog. I like the Ready Treat for this kind of work because I can control the placement of reward at all times as well as keep the dog looking forward. Work a couple repetitions with the dog on your right and then again on your left. Next start placing the dog at different approach angles to the barrel as shown in Figure 2. The goal is for the dog to enter the barrel on an angle, but exit straight. I only work on straight exits; remember, there will eventually be fabric on the end of this barrel and I don’t want to practice turns out of a barrel that will actually be much longer when it’s a complete piece of equipment. When the dog is entering the barrel safely at the basic angles, start sending the dog 1 By Jen Pinder, photos by author When I train any agility obstacle, I want to make sure that my dog understands the beginning, middle, and end performance of the obstacle. In addition, I want to make sure that my dog understands all the concepts related to the piece of equipment (for example, acceleration and deceleration cues). 2 RT RT Chute Entrances When it comes to the chute, my biggest concern is that my dog can enter and exit the rigid barrel safely. So I start young dogs, or dogs I am retraining, entering and exiting the barrel without the fabric attached. Start with the dog approaching the barrel straight and exiting the barrel July 12 | Clean Run RT RT RT RT Work all the basic approach angles on both your left and right side. RT = Ready Treat. 47

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
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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?
Clean Run - July 2012 - 64
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