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his side of the barrier. Also give the dog a treat when he’s “completed” the chute and is one body length away from it. As with any other situation, work the dog on your right as well as left. For this particular exercise I don’t like to use any kind of targets since it is about my dog making a choice between crossing into my lane or staying in hers. Good choices are rewarded; incorrect choices are ignored and I wait for my dog to fix the error. If the dog doesn’t fix the error, I will start the exercise again from the beginning. peat the “stay in your lane” exercise in the previous section. Start the dog on the fabric and move in a parallel line to him, walking at a consistent speed and rewarding the dog for staying in the center of the fabric. As before, throw the treat toward the dog so that he gets the treat on his side of the barrier and while he’s walking along the center of the chute fabric. Work the dog on your right as well as left. Once you have worked the dog on both sides, take the lane markers away and repeat the exercise as shown in Figure 9. The reward is still delivered on the fabric and then off the fabric at distance of one body length from the exit of the chute. 8 9 Fabric Work Once you have taught your dog to stay in his lane, it’s time to move this exercise onto a fabric chute. Chutes are made from many different fabrics, some lightweight and some heavier weight. The one thing that they have in common is that they feel different to the dog than the surface he is running on. My goal is to teach the dog how to accelerate on the fabric, decelerate on the fabric, and also run down the center of the fabric. Many dogs like to migrate to the edge of things, which causes the dog to pull the chute fabric toward you. This is undesirable because the dog can get tangled and it can also set up an awkward approach to the next obstacle; so it’s important to teach the dog to run down the center of the fabric. Lay the fabric flat on the ground as shown in Figure 8; it is detached and away from the barrel at this time. Re- Deceleration Cues and No Motion Cues on the Fabric One of the things that I have noticed when dogs get tangled in the fabric or come out sideways is that they slip on the fabric or lift their head prematurely. So I have started teaching my dog how to start and stop on the fabric. Because this is impossible to do when the dog is performing the full chute, I take the fabric off the barrel so I can work on this skill. The setup is the same as in the last section. Sit your dog at the “entry” of the fabric. Lead out a bit and stand next to the fabric, facing the way the dog is headed. Release the dog to you and reward him for stopping at your side as shown in Figure 10. I do not ask my dog do sit when he reaches me because I don’t want to encourage lifting of the head. 10 Training for success can be fun! 2-time World Champion www.cleanrun.com July 12 | Clean Run 49 http://www.cleanrun.com

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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
Clean Run - July 2012 - 67
Clean Run - July 2012 - 68
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