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The mental game is something that Jenn takes
very seriously. First, there is the matter of confidence.
She believes in having lots of it.

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shaping. “Our puppy classes are really focused on shaping and building toy drive.
We work on body awareness and will
introduce some simple agility skills such
as shaping going around a cone.” Until
they are eight to ten months old, she likes
to see puppies learning a trick a week.
Beginner agility classes have a minimum
age requirement of eight months at IncrediPAWS. That’s when the puppies start
to learn crosses on the flat, 2-on/2-off,
recalls to heel, the chute, and the tunnel.
At 10 months they can go into advanced
beginners where they learn how to jump.
If a puppy starts at IncrediPAWS, by the
time they reach the advanced beginners
class, they have already completed three
levels of puppy classes.

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Jenn is fully appreciative of the benefits
that youth affords her and admits that
she doesn’t do a very good job of keeping in shape regularly. “When it’s more
prime time I do better. But from USDAA
Nationals in the fall to February, before
AKC Nationals, I am bad. I know one
day it will catch up with me!”

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She’s more disciplined about her fourlegged partners, sometimes even choosing conditioning over training if time is
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and follows a stretching routine developed for her dogs by David and Ria Acciani. The canine athletes also visit the
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The mental game is something that Jenn
takes very seriously. First, there is the

matter of confidence. She believes in
having lots of it. Her goal is to go into
competition with as much confidence in
both her skills and her dogs as she can
muster. To accomplish that, she makes
sure that her last training session before
any competition is a good one, not necessarily a challenging one. “I won’t ask for
any really hard skills, but just enough to
remind them of their job. I will ask them
to get on every piece of equipment, but
won’t ask them to do anything where, if
they fail, I will go into a panic for the
weekend.” That may mean running a
Novice course at home. “I know it’s
easier, but I want to know that I nailed
it.” And she will never, ever teach a new
skill right before a competition.
While she is at the competition Jenn bolsters that confidence with visualization.
“I will run the course over and over again
in my head the way that I want to run it.
If I can run it perfectly 100 times in my
head, I am more likely to run it perfectly
on course.” This valuable skill is one she
learned years ago with Guess. “My visualization was so detailed it truly was as if
I was running him. When I got out there,
it was like second nature. I knew when
I opened up for the front cross where
the jump would be and exactly where I
would be for the lateral send.”
The more a handler practices visualization, the better, Jenn believes, they will be
at it, and the fewer times they will have to
“run” the course in their mind to get the
same results. She is now adept at visualizing when she takes the dog out to potty
and warms up for the run. And it’s what
she does instead of watching the other
competitors run the course. “I watch some
runs because I want to know if there are
any traps. In my mind, then, I can work
that out. Otherwise I want to be thinking
about my runs, not somebody else’s.” D

Sally Silverman is a freelance writer whose life has gone to the dogs. She and her husband share their
hearts and their home with three Australian Shepherds. An avid agility competitor, Sally is working on MACH3 with Bounce, who also has a PDCH, as well as many canine freestyle and herding
titles. Baby sister Java is now in AKC Excellent and working on her Intermediate freestyle title. Sally is
an active member of Y2K9s Dog Sports Club outside of Philadelphia, where she trains and teaches.
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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
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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 - 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 - 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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