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THE MAGAZINE FOR DOG AGILITY ENTHUSIASTS
PHOTOS © DONNA STOCK HEDRICK, MIKE LIFER,
TERI AND JACKIE PHOTOGRAPHY/DOUG DUKANE

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Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
It’s important to work on improving
skills in agility, but the mental game
is the difference between consistent
success and mediocre performance.
Learning ways to overcome stress and
anything that distracts from focus in the
ring will insure that you and your dog
can consistently give your best performance. By Juliet Franzen

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Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
Jenn Crank was practically born training dogs and was teaching professionally by the time she was in high school.
She advocates delaying the introduction to agility equipment and focusing
training on making sure the dog can
learn since a dog that knows how to
learn can be taught anything in a short
amount of time. By Sally Silverman

NUMBER 07

Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent
Obstacle Performance, Part 4
Independent obstacle performance
is essential for all facets of agility and
is particularly important for distance
work. This month you’ll work on
teaching the dog to perform common
jumping patterns, such as pinwheels
and serpentines, independently.
By Lorrie Reynolds

11 Knowledge Equals Speed!
Handling Positions: What Do
They Mean to the Dog
This month the author shows
handling positions for various
maneuvers (such as front crosses,
serpentines, layering, etc.) with a
description of what the physical
cues mean to dogs, as shown to
her over the years by her dogs.
By Dawn Weaver
30 Thermal Imaging
for the Agility Dog
Thermal imaging can give
performance and working dog
owners a new tool for not only
diagnosing an existing soft tissue injury, but actually catching
problems in the early stages.
By Kimberly Henneman, DVM,
DACVSMR, FAAVA, Dip ABT, CVA,
CVC, Diplomate Am College
Veterinarian Sports Med & Rehab

Features
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Editorializing: “Internationalization”
and Course Design Trends
Can we introduce some European-style challenges into U.S. courses without making courses
overly technical and difficult so that we can
maintain the high level of diversity in the dogs
and handlers competing in our sport in this
country? By Ann Croft.

24 Power Paws Drills: Serp City
This month’s exercises contain many variations
on the serpentine to help you achieve proficiency at showing the correct line to your dog and
proofing your dog’s understanding that when
you give a serpentine cue he should begin his
turn toward the serp obstacle. By Nancy Gyes
35 Trainer/Student, Coach/Athlete
It is the teacher and coach who works with us
in our regular lessons who can help us the most.
So how do you go about choosing the right
instructor? And, having done that, how do you
get the most out of each lesson to maximize the
investment of time and money? Can we learn
from athletes in other sports? By Frankie Joiris
53 The Construction Zone:
Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
These bases are constructed using aluminum
and stainless steel machine screws so they are
weatherproof. No welding is necessary.
By Lisa Henshaw and Jim Hull

59 Busting the Myths: You Can Talk,
You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
Is it “bad” to talk to your dog on the agility
course and repeat commands? When you
shape new behaviors do you need to be deadpan and sit and stare at your dog? Your dog is
your best teacher. Don’t believe in myths, but
experiment and then listen to your dog and
do what is right for him By Silvia Trkman

Columns
6

Tip of the Month
By Deborah Davidson Harpur

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know
About Agility… By Brenna Fender

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Backyard Dogs By Marquand Cheek

20 The 10-Minute Trainer By Daisy Peel
47 The Judge’s Debriefing By Deb Hunt

40 Channel Weaves Modified
Channel weaves allow dogs to
associate weave poles with speed
right from the beginning and
with an open channel you can
create loads of drive and enthusiasm. Here’s a new take on the
channel method that starts with
only two poles. By Jo Sermon
55 Look! Teaching Dogs
Where to Focus
Our dogs need us to teach
them where they are supposed
to be focusing and for how long.
Teaching focus is an easy skill to
incorporate into your pre-agility
training without it costing you
any extra training time.
By Sandra Rogers

Cover Dog
In loving memory of Kelly Wilson’s
4-year-old Border Collie ADCH-Gold
Biggar JCH-Platinum, TM-Platinum,
GCH-Gold, SCH-Gold, SACH-Gold,
RCH-Gold, OA, OAJ, a.k.a. Biggie.
Photo by Karen Hocker Photography.

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Contents
Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
The 10-Minute Trainer
Power Paws Drills: Serp City
Thermal Imaging for the Agility Dog
Trainer/Student, Coach/Athlete
Channel Weaves Modified
The Judge’s Debriefing
Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
The Construction Zone: Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
Look! Teaching Dogs Where to Focus
Busting the Myths: You Can Talk, You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 4
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Contents
Clean Run - July 2013 - 4
Clean Run - July 2013 - Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Clean Run - July 2013 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - July 2013 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Clean Run - July 2013 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 10
Clean Run - July 2013 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Power Paws Drills: Serp City
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Thermal Imaging for the Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Trainer/Student, Coach/Athlete
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The Judge’s Debriefing
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The Construction Zone: Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Look! Teaching Dogs Where to Focus
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Busting the Myths: You Can Talk, You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 4
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