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While Jenn confesses that she does not
keep detailed training records, she does
keep good trial records, and what happens in a trial will dictate what she trains.
“I tend to divide my training sessions
into those focused on training and those
focused on handling, and I rarely combine the two. Training includes start-line
stays, weave poles, and contacts. Handling will be longer sequences with jumps
and tunnels and some coursework.”
All of her training, she explains, is progressive. “I want my dogs to be successful. That means if I am working on
weave poles I may warm the dog up with
2x2s. I start with a few easy things that
I know she will succeed at before I ask
for anything harder.” That goes for the
youngsters as well as the more seasoned,
mature dogs.
Then, if she is working weaves, she may
do jump, jump, weave with a rear cross,
or race to the end of the poles to do a blind
cross, or do some really tough weave entries. “Lately I have been pulling a lot
from international courses, maybe work-

ing on something that limits my ability
to shape or trying to get some distance.”
She uses the same progressive approach
in each session with contacts as well. She
may start the session asking the dog to
drive into a 2-on/2-off at the bottom of the
equipment or even on a travel board before working the full contact equipment.
“My preference is on training jumping,
contacts, and weaves. I can do that without
a whole lot of running around. Handling,
you have to think out a sequence, walk it,
and figure out how you are going to run it.”
Her own training time is guided, in part,
by what she teaches her students. “I
have developed a pretty good curriculum and I make sure I follow it with my
own dogs, as is age appropriate.” That
said, she is quick to acknowledge that
with her own dogs and with her students’
dogs you sometimes don’t know what
will happen until you get out on the floor
so flexibility is a must. “A lot of what I
do is problem solving. I work on a broad
outline and am always ready to modify
the lesson plan as necessary.”

What she won’t do in her short training
sessions is allow either herself or her dogs
to stress. Training time for Jenn is a break
from teaching, the computer, and other
potentially stressful situations. “When
I get them out, I enjoy it. I won’t let my
dogs be pressured because of my career.
I tend to have a more light-hearted attitude.” If she starts to get frustrated, she
simply puts the dog away and thinks about
what she can do to make things work better next time. She will look for ways to
modify the scenario and help the dog
understand it, then make it a little easier
and work her way up again. “It’s one of
the benefits of multiple, shorter sessions.”

Incredipuppies
Jenn starts her young dogs not on modified agility equipment or baby handling
moves, but with tricks. Lots and lots of
tricks. “I am a big advocate of delaying
the intro to agility equipment and, instead,
making sure the dog can learn. If you
have a dog that knows how to learn, anything can be taught in a short amount of
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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
Clean Run - July 2013 - Clean Run - July 2013
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 - 26
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 28
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 - Channel Weaves Modified
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Clean Run - July 2013 - 46
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
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
Clean Run - July 2013 - 56
Clean Run - July 2013 - 57
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
Clean Run - July 2013 - 63
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