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© OUTDOOR SPORTFOTOGRAFIE © PIx ‘n PAGES © ERIc bObkOwSkI our arms around as if guiding in an airplane; to not throw out an arm only to then drop it back to our side instantly (one of my many problems), but rather to leave it up supporting the distance and our dog until the dog moves with intent toward the obstacle we wish them to take. There really are only two options for changing our stride: either turn over more quickly with our feet (often not a good choice when handling a dog that is extremely reactive to motion) or produce a longer reach with each step. The latter is most often the better choice because it keeps our motion smooth, which ultimately is faster. Each of our dogs quickly becomes accustomed to how we as individuals move, they quickly assess what we actually mean to say, which is all too often not what we present them with! As you take a close look at the photos offered for this article, they all have one thing in common. As my friend Nicki Gurr so eloquently put it, “there is clarity of motion.” You really don’t need to add a single word to any of the photos as they provide a clear image of what we want the dog to know, either directionally or in terms of forward motion. It always has impressed me greatly that something as large and powerful as a horse will so willingly do whatever we want them to when being ridden. We speak to them using the placement of our weight (in front with or slightly behind the motion the horse presents), our seat, our legs, and our hands (reins). This is the way in which we communicate. Over centuries this has been practiced and perfected. It is a truly beautiful thing to carry on that total understanding and communication with another species. It takes years to educate riders to the level where they can flawlessly influence the motion of the horse, while such a rider (once educated) can produce very educated and smooth responses from the horse in a matter of a few months. With our dogs it is the same (or could be) if we endeavor to become more mindful of how we offer the necessary information. As you look closely at the photos perhaps these visual images will inspire us all to step up our game and attempt to have that magical nonverbal communication with our dogs. What information does your body language give your dog when you’re running? D A lifelong horsewoman, Susan Salo has offered her insights into jumping for dogs in agility in seminars around the country, including Power Paws and Clean Run Camps. She currently resides in Woodland, California, and can be reached at Jumpdogs@aol.com. ASSOCIATION of PET DOG TRAINERS BUILDING BETTER TRAINERS THROUGH EDUCATION Where do Dog Trainers Go to Learn from the Experts? Join the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and become a part of the premier resource for dog training and behavior information. Network with other trainers, receive discounts on educational programs and training products and services, and have access to the APDT’s many member benefits. Check out our new weekly webinar series on training, behavior, health and other canine topics! Visit www.apdt.com for information. To join call 1-800-PET-DOGS, e-mail information@apdt.com, or go to www.apdt.com/join! APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show October 17-21, 2012, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Featured Speakers: Susannah Charleson, Susan Garrett, Steve White, Pia Silvani, Gail Fisher, Sue Sternberg, Hannah Branigan, Robin Bennett, and many more! Visit the APDT website for more information. August 12 | Clean Run 11 http://www.apdt.com http://www.apdt.com http://www.apdt.com/join

Clean Run - August 2012

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Clean Run - August 2012
Contents
Editorializing: On Insanity
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The Information Highway of Agility
Analyze This!
Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
But He’s Perfect at Home
Clean Run - August 2012 - Clean Run - August 2012
Clean Run - August 2012 - 2
Clean Run - August 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - August 2012 - 4
Clean Run - August 2012 - Editorializing: On Insanity
Clean Run - August 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - August 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - August 2012 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - August 2012 - 9
Clean Run - August 2012 - The Information Highway of Agility
Clean Run - August 2012 - 11
Clean Run - August 2012 - Analyze This!
Clean Run - August 2012 - 13
Clean Run - August 2012 - 14
Clean Run - August 2012 - 15
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 20
Clean Run - August 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Clean Run - August 2012 - 22
Clean Run - August 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 25
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 27
Clean Run - August 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 30
Clean Run - August 2012 - 31
Clean Run - August 2012 - 32
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 38
Clean Run - August 2012 - Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
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Clean Run - August 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
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Clean Run - August 2012 - But He’s Perfect at Home
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