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Finally… it’s happening! Veterinary medicine is starting to look at
performance and working dogs as the athletes that they are.
side. The presenting complaint was that
the dog’s times would start slowing down
by the second or third day of a trial. There
was no pain on palpation but the dog
would visibly stop jumping or slow down
after several minutes of running around.
X-rays showed no changes. This dog was
managed with rest, acupuncture, and
manual therapy. She was not allowed to
go back into work until the hot spot was
gone and the tendon was monitored after
exercise for an additional eight weeks.
This is a cranial view (from the front)
of an agility dog’s front legs. This dog
had a three- month history of knocking bars when he approached from a left
turn. Eventually, his issues progressed to
him being unable to maintain his weave
poles. At presentation for the scan, he
had started to manifest a slight, vague

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lameness after exercise or training. Nonsteroidal medications had inconsistent
effects and the referring veterinarian’s radiographs of the hind legs showed no obvious boney or joint problems. Thermal
scan showed marked heat of the inside
toe of the right front leg (the limb on the
left side of the image) with some changes
in the left wrist (leg image on the right).

A thorough exam of those areas found
swelling and marked pain of the toe with
some discomfort upon flexion of the left
carpus (wrist). Radiographs of the toe
did not show any fractures so a severe
sprain with possible joint laxity was diagnosed. The dog was treated with ice, cold
laser, support wraps, and homeopathic
remedies. The dog returned to competition 16 weeks later with no problems
(and the owner was better about keeping
the nails trimmed).
Heat is not the only abnormality that
can show up. Cool areas are also signs of
problems. Areas can become cold if there
is pain (nerve reflexes will constrict blood
vessels in the area) or if there is edema
or bruising. In the scan on the following
page, you can see a cooler, green area in
this agility dog’s flank which was puffy

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - July 2013

Clean Run - July 2013
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 - 14
Clean Run - July 2013 - 15
Clean Run - July 2013 - Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 19
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 - Channel Weaves Modified
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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
Clean Run - July 2013 - 50
Clean Run - July 2013 - 51
Clean Run - July 2013 - 52
Clean Run - July 2013 - The Construction Zone: Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
Clean Run - July 2013 - 54
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!
Clean Run - July 2013 - 60
Clean Run - July 2013 - 61
Clean Run - July 2013 - Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 4
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