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Add a 3rd pole 24" past pole 2,
far enough to the left that the dog
has a chance to successfully
pass to the right of it.

Add a 4th pole 24" past pole 3,
far enough to the right that the
dog has a chance to successfully
pass to the left of it.

Stage 4: Adding a Third Pole
Having taught your dog to go through
2 poles, no matter what you are doing
or where you are standing, it’s time to
move on. Now we add another pole, 24"
from the second one, but moved sideways out to the left to form a channel of
sorts. You will have seen the path your
dog takes on the way out to his reward,
put the third pole slightly outside that
path so that you know your dog will
be successful. Again, the toy should be
placed where the 12th pole would be.
See Figure 18.
Make sure that the poles are on your left
when you start; your dog is likely to curl
toward you and, therefore, be successful.
The clickable moment, if you will, is as
the dog passes pole 3 with his nose.
If he runs wide and misses, don’t comment;
just wait and see what he does. Some dogs
will take themselves back and try again;
others that have been used to the verbal
marker as they enter pole 2, will freeze to
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see what happens next. Don’t comment
and don’t help, let the dog work it out.
If you do have to take the dog back
to try again, start closer to the poles
so there’s less speed in and make sure
that you are rewarding forward toward
where the 12th pole would be.
If you have more than two failures in a
row, move pole 3 out a little farther to
the side. But only do this once to get
a good starting place. From this point
on, don’t move backward; if you do, you
could well be teaching your dog that he
can’t succeed.
Repeat the clock work you did with 2
poles in Stages 2 and 3. Be aware that as
the poles move to your right side it will
get harder since your dog will be more
likely to bend toward you. If your dog
starts to “look back,” try adding a jump
after the poles and click the dog passing pole 3, but don’t start to throw your
reward until he’s over the jump.

I’ve always been a fan
of channel weaving and
most of my dogs have
been taught to weave
this way. I like the
association with speed
right from the beginning;
with an open channel
that’s easy for the dog to
negotiate, you can create
enthusiasm. Dogs are
successful and that early
success helps them later
in their training
and builds a solid,
positive association.

Once your dog can work 3 poles from
all the way around the bottom of the
clock (9 o’clock to 3 o’clock) start to
move pole 3 in toward a straight line.
As you make the gap smaller, go back
closer and start the clock work with
the poles on your left to make it easier
for the dog.
Keep going until your dog can successfully negotiate 3 poles no matter where
you are or where he starts from.
Add the fourth pole, this time to the
right of the line of 3 poles, as illustrated
in Figure 19. Again, place the fourth
pole outside the line that you have already seen your dog taking, at a point
where you know he’ll be successful.
Repeat the clock work, but this time
start working with the poles on your
right so that if your dog has a tendency
to curl toward you, it will work in your
favor. Once your dog can work 4 poles
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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 - 2
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
Clean Run - July 2013 - 9
Clean Run - July 2013 - 10
Clean Run - July 2013 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
Clean Run - July 2013 - 12
Clean Run - July 2013 - 13
Clean Run - July 2013 - 14
Clean Run - July 2013 - 15
Clean Run - July 2013 - Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
Clean Run - July 2013 - 17
Clean Run - July 2013 - 18
Clean Run - July 2013 - 19
Clean Run - July 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
Clean Run - July 2013 - 21
Clean Run - July 2013 - 22
Clean Run - July 2013 - 23
Clean Run - July 2013 - Power Paws Drills: Serp City
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 29
Clean Run - July 2013 - Thermal Imaging for the Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 34
Clean Run - July 2013 - Trainer/Student, Coach/Athlete
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 37
Clean Run - July 2013 - 38
Clean Run - July 2013 - 39
Clean Run - July 2013 - Channel Weaves Modified
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The Judge’s Debriefing
Clean Run - July 2013 - 48
Clean Run - July 2013 - Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
Clean Run - July 2013 - 50
Clean Run - July 2013 - 51
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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 - 58
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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