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Again, I think talking when shaping
got a bad reputation because people
were trying to help the dog by using
cues and putting pressure on the dog
to do that or another thing or trying
to animate him to do that or another
thing—that is not what you want to do
when shaping a new trick. You want a
dog to offer action on his own and offer the initiative. But you don’t need to
sit in silence, look serious, and never
say a word. Try to smile and laugh at

Remember that your dog is your
best teacher. No one knows better
how best to train him than he does!
© iztok Noc/www.agility-slo.Net

I sure talk a lot when I run agility, but I
did get into a bad habit of being quiet
and “let them think” when shaping
new tricks. It worked fine with my experienced dogs, but it got me in trouble when I got Le, my Pyr Shep puppy.
Pyr Sheps are not like Border Collies at
all. Border Collies are very rational and
love to work because they love to work.
Pyr Sheps are very emotional and only
love to work because they love to do
something with their best friend. They
want you emotionally involved at all
times and want you to let them know
they are the best dogs ever. So I got
this puppy that loved to play with me,
came racing to me to jump in my arms
every time I called her from the first
time I used her name, screaming “Me,
me, me, that must be me!,” and yet
she would walk away when I tried to
do tricks with her. It just didn’t make
sense. Why wouldn’t she like tricks? I

taped a training session and I noticed
an interesting pattern. When we play,
I smile and laugh and talk and growl
and obviously have fun. When I switch
to food and want to shape tricks, my
face gets serious. I sit in silence and
stare at my poor puppy. Then it hit
me—Le loves to play because I love
to play and she hated tricks because
I looked like I hated tricks. No wonder!
She is a Pyr Shep after all. Her attitude
changed from one session to another
once I started to smile and laugh and
talk as we were figuring out her puppy
tricks. And, yes, she can think perfectly
fine despite my chatter!

© Maja Rokavec

ing. And, they see it as a confirmation
of what they are already doing and
therefore love to hear it—it’s reinforcing to them. I promise they run faster
the more I talk!

Tuned out? Never!

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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 - 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
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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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