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and with a back-up plan. If the original plan goes well, great. She might even try something more difficult, or something completely different. When the skill isn’t going the way she likes, however, she is prepared to back up. And that, she has observed, is what seems to happen most frequently. “Eighty percent of the time I have to work on something more basic before I can work on the skill I set out to work on. For example, you can’t work on a twoon/two-off if your release isn’t working.” Outside Input “I have friends that come to Florida and train with me, and that is really helpful,” says Karen. “And I do go to seminars.” Linda Mecklenburg has been her coach since 2004, and she follows Linda’s motion-based handling system faithfully. Recognizing that there is always room for improvement in her handling, Karen tries to work with Linda as many times a year as she is able. But she also attends seminars with other trainers. “It is valuable to be exposed to different training methods. I have the opportunity to work with someone else several times a year.” sions work for her own body conditioning. “I try very hard not to be lazy, but to sprint—really run—two, three, four times in a row back to back without stopping. I might do a sequence four times in a row, and with a dog that has running contacts that’s pretty much sprinting.” It Starts with the Warm-up Along with their conditioning regimen, the dogs have a warm-up routine they do before they train or compete. “If I am just working on an obstacle, like the teeter, I won’t go through this, but anytime they are running, we warm up first. “She stretches and bends them, and does basic heelwork in circles. “It helps to prevent injuries, but it also allows me to be sure that the dog is feeling good that day.” She also has a simple stretching and warm-up routine that she goes through herself every single time she is ready to train, run, or compete. Preparation is more than physical. Karen keeps a library of mental management and motivational literature and delves into it regularly. Coach John Wooden, former basketball coach, is one of her favorites, and she recommends his books to anyone who is serious about achieving success in the world of competitive agility. “Don’t forget your mental warm-up,” she advises. For her, that means extra rest before a run, particularly at an important event, and working extra hard to keep her focus on the task at hand when training. D Coursework Short five minutes sessions are at the heart of her day-to-day training, and the aspect of her program that she thinks gives the dogs the strongest skills. It’s also what gives her the confidence to know that her dogs are solid in those skills, performing them at speed from wherever they are asked. Though training skills is the part of agility she likes best, there is a place in Karen’s training program for coursework. “When I set up a course for my classes it usually stays up all week, and I try to run it at least once with each dog.” When she has a big competition coming up, she integrates more coursework into her program. “My coursework is usually at a trial. Keeping Fit Skill work and coursework are only part of Karen’s winning equation. She is a stickler about conditioning her dogs. Each dog has an individual program, with which she has gotten help from professionals, that she follows regularly. Though the programs vary, she does lots of Deb Saunders work on the exercise ball, gets the dogs regular massages, and makes sure to check in with their chiropractor regularly. Conditioning takes place on non-training days, so every other day. In addition to that they keep fit running free in the yard and swimming, which they do as frequently as possible. Karen is committed to keeping herself fit by working out as regularly as possible. She also tries to make her training ses- 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. He and his older sister, Tinker, have many canine freestyle and herding titles, too. Baby sister Java is now in AKC Excellent. Sally is an active member of Y2K9s Dog Sports Club outside of Philadelphia, where she trains and teaches. Cool Puppy Panels • Reflect away the sun’s hot rays • Allow fresh air flow • Reduce heat build-up under your tent, in your vehicle, and in crates or x-pens by up to 14° Dogs don’t get much cooler than this! Silver shade mesh at prices that won’t make you sweat. Visit www.cleanrun.com or call (800) 311-6503 for more information August 12 | Clean Run 51 http://www.cleanrun.com

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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!
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
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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 - 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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