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always wanted to know
By Brenna Fender
My estimate of my young dog’s height puts him close to a cut-off point
(slightly over). If I have entered him in Preferred classes at his first
AKC trial and his temporary measurement actually allows him to run
in a Regular class at the height I entered, can we switch from Preferred
to Regular at the same height at that trial?
No, you cannot. Once a trial’s entries have closed, a dog’s entry
may not be changed from Preferred to Regular (or Regular to
Preferred) for any reason. If your dog is measured too tall for the
height class he is entered in, then a move is allowed. In that case,
he would be moved up to the next height in the same program in
which he was entered. If the measurement reveals that your dog
is shorter than you thought and can jump in a lower height, you
must still stay at the height you originally entered.
How do I handle AKC entries for a dog whose temporary height puts
him at the maximum cut-off point? At his first trial after he turns two,
there’s a risk he might have grown and thus not be eligible to jump at
the height he did with his temporary card. Do I enter him at the next
higher height just in case?
You should enter your dog at the height at which your dog has already been showing. If the judge measures your dog higher than
the maximum height for the class you entered, he will be moved
up to the proper jump height class for the rest of the weekend.
What’s the difference between a Manners Minder and a Ready Treat?
I’m trying to decide which to buy.
Both the Manners Minder and the Ready Treat sold at www.
cleanrun.com are remote-controlled treat-rewarding systems
that can be used in a variety of ways while training agility or
other behaviors. Their sizes, delivery systems, and other factors
make them quite different from each other.
The Manners Minder Remote Training System, originally manufactured by Sharper Image and sold as the Treat & Train, dispenses dry treats or pieces of kibble that are small in size (larger
or soft items may jam the machine). It can be filled with many
treats so it can be used multiple times without reloading.
The Manners Minder comes with a hand-held remote control
that can operate on four channels (so you can have more than
one device in use at the same time without having them all dispense treats when you use the remote) and that emits a signal
capable of traveling through walls up to 100'. It also has settings for use without the remote so that treats can be dispensed
in your absence (to keep a barker busy in a crate, for example).
Do you have a question about agility
rules or anything else agility related?
Mail your questions to Brenna Fender:
Brenna collects the questions and forwards
them to us so we never see the names.
The base unit weighs just over 3.3 pounds and is 13.6"L x
8.8"W x 7.5"H. It is a sizeable unit and it may be difficult to
“fade” when you are ready to move to competition. The Manners Minder costs $99.95.
The Ready Treat Remote Controlled Reward System has an infrared remote which must be pointed at the device to get it to
work. Because of this, you can use multiple Ready Treats at once
using the same remote—you just need to point it at the machine
you’d like to open. The remote works up to 50' indoors and up
to 25' outdoors (sunlight interferes). The Ready Treat only holds
one treat at a time, but it can be any treat, including peanut butter, chicken, beef, or other soft edibles. The unit is only 4.5"W x
4.75"L x 2.125"H and weighs just over 7 ounces so it is easier
to transport and fade than the Manners Minder. The Ready Treat
does not have any automatic treat-dispensing options like the
Manners Minder does. The Ready Treat costs $49.95.
Both the Manners Minder and the Ready Treat are useful for different purposes. Before making your purchase, consider whether
the treats your dog likes are small and dry or whether your dog
needs to be motivated by soft or messy treats. Determine whether
you will prefer to have lots of repetitions before reloading or if
one treat at a time works for you. Decide whether you will want
to take your remote treat dispenser to various training locations
with you and, if so, if you will be able to carry the much bulkier
Manners Minder with the rest of your training supplies.
Once you have your treat dispenser, check out Frankie Joiris’s
article, “Need an Extra Hand? Using Remote Treat-dispensing
Devices Effectively,” in CR August. It contains ideas for incorporating these devices into your agility training. D
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - July 2013
Clean Run - July 2013
Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
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
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 - 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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