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about where and when to look at you, he will get confused about
wobble boards, and ladders), I was focused on her feet. I
when to stop driving to the bottom. He will slow down when he
did not care where she was looking. This was a huge waste
shifts focus back to you. When dogs get confused about where
of valuable time. I could have been having my cake and
to stop they start to experiment. This is the classic chicken and
eating it too by teaching focus at the same time, spending
the egg bit. Often (hopefully) the training started with the dog’s
no extra time whatsoever.
focus being correct (forward); he did not look for his cookie
She was like a crazy thing figuring out
delivery until he was in the two-on/twowhere to put her feet and she was basically
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off position. So it became easy for the dog
doing it Braille style, all by “feel.” Her
to associate the focus shift (from target to
eyes were glued on the cookie machine
you, for example) with his job being fin(me) as you can see in Figure 1. Now
ished. But one day the handler is digging
when I teach beginner dogs the pre-agilifor food in her pocket and the dog looks.
ty obstacles, I am first and foremost conNow his focus shift makes him wonder if
cerned with where the dogs are looking.
he is finished. He slows down or stops earThis is the time we can plant the seed, “If
ly. Get it? This is how many dogs learn to
it is an obstacle pay attention to it, not me.”
Learning by Braille: Quill is paying
stop early on the contacts. If we can teach
Clicks are awarded for the dog looking at
too much attention to me!
them where to focus and for how long and
the obstacle; the feet are the second priormake it a training priority, the dogs will be
ity. Be clever with placement of reward for
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less likely to be confused about when they
the focus on the disc and you will end up
have completed a current task. The sidewith feet where you want them to be. See
bar tip here is to wait until you have your
Figure 2.
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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 - 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 - 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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