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ondary. This can certainly be a fun way to spend time, but
it might not be the best way to achieve your goals. Classes
are wonderful. They are a chance to train in an environment that is similar to the trial environment, a chance to see
many different teams master the same challenges, a chance
to socialize with like-minded people, and they are generally
relatively inexpensive. However, not all classes are equal,
and class instruction does not offer the same benefits as
private instruction. No matter how brilliant the instructor, a
class is still a class; you will not get the same personalized
attention that a private lesson will give you.
Private instruction can be scary for some people. They feel
more comfortably anonymous in a class where the instructor’s attention is not 100% on what they and their dog are doing. Private instruction can also seem much more expensive
than class instruction, which is off-putting to some people.
Another perceived negative of private instruction is that people enjoy the social aspect of getting together with friends
for class time. All of that might seem reasonable, but if the
goal is to really improve your game, then private instruction
is well worth the cost.

Finding an Instructor
Go to trials and watch teams in the Masters classes. When
you see people who impress you, ask who they train with.
Watch videos of national and international championship finals
and make note of which handlers stand out to you. When you

have a few names of possible instructor prospects, look them
up online and poke around their website. In this day and age,
you don’t have to limit your search to trainers who are physically near you. Many instructors offer both private and group
instruction via Internet. But even if the instructor you are interested in working with does not offer such a choice, you can
always email and ask; maybe they just had not yet considered
the possibility.
Visit classes without your dog (offer to pay a drop-in fee) so
you can really pay attention to how the instructor works with
students and how the class is run. Book a half-hour private
lesson with instructors who you think you might like to work
with. If the person who most interests you lives across the
country or across the ocean, ask about the possibility of lessons via the Internet.

You’ve Found an Instructor, Now What?
Having done the research, you’ve found the right person to
train your team, now what? This is where agility competitors
tend to diverge from athletes who are seriously involved in
other sports, quite possibly to our detriment. Your instructor, if you have taken the time to choose carefully, should be
someone you trust to know what is best for your team. Consider your instructor the way athletes consider their coach—
the person who will help you make all your sport related decisions. You are paying this person a good amount of money
and devoting a lot of your time; trust that you have decided

“Alphabet drills are wonderful for both the serious agility trainer
and the casual agility enthusiast. Creative in concept and comprehensive in scope,
they promote good training habits and the development of excellent skills.
Linger on L to learn more about lines, circle your way through the O-P-Q cycle,
or simply open the book to pick a letter—you will nd challenging
and fun drills for you and your dog.” —Katie Tolve, competitor
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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 - 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 - 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
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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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