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getting the dog to focus on the area he needs to be aware of. Whether I use a plastic target or garden fencing at the end of the plank as a target area, I wait for my dog to look at the target and then I release him to go toward the target. I don’t ask for the end behavior if my dog is not looking at the target. When my dog is looking straight forward he is able go forward with confidence, and without his hind end falling off the side of the board. It sounds simple, but where my dog looks he goes. If he is looking at the target, he is going toward it. So by the time I introduce the Bang Game, I have faded the target and my dog already understands to focus forward on the end of the board. If my dog cannot stand at my side on the flat without turning into me and swinging his rear end out, how can I expect him to stay parallel to me on the board without falling off? To fix this focus problem, I teach my dog to line up at my side and stay in a stand. I make sure that he can perform the stand ahead of me, next to me, and behind me. He should be parallel to me at all times without turning into me. I work this exercise on both sides. Getting on the Board It is very important that my dog jumps onto the board while it’s in the air. If my dog uses his paws to pull the board down and then jumps on, he is not getting the benefit of the game. The purpose of the Bang Game is to give the dog the sensation of riding the seesaw down while he is waiting to reach into his end position. Without the drop of the board I find the game is really no different than backchaining my dog on the dogwalk. The drop of the board is very important. It’s also important that the dog jump onto the end of the board and not too far back. Some dogs will pull the board down or jump on too far back because they are fearful of the movement or sound of the board. Other dogs have a hard time controlling their back end as they jump so they pull the board down instead. For dogs that have a hard time getting on a board that moves, the key is to figure out what facet of the game your dog is uncomfortable with. It could be the sound, the movement, or the vibration of the board as it hits. I will address each of these problems and possible solutions.
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Please be aware that for all of these problems, more repetitions are not the answer. Do a couple of repetitions using the techniques described below and then do something else. Too many repetitions equals too much pressure. My dog needs a little time away and he’ll make more progress more quickly than if I work long sessions. Sound: If my dog is sensitive to the sound of the seesaw, I can dampen the sound with interlocking foam tiles. I just put the tiles on the ground where the board hits. If I don’t have tiles around, a rolled up sweatshirt or towel or a folded mat works just as well. This is enough for most dogs. If, however, your dog is very reactive to sounds, then you should do some counter conditioning and pair the noise with cookies. I also encourage my students to work through some of the Control Unleashed exercises that deal with fear. I gradually take the mats or cushioning away until the dog becomes comfortable with the sound of the seesaw.

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Motion: If my dog is sensitive to the motion, I’ll hold the board so it doesn’t move. I’ll have him jump up onto the board and then I’ll let it fall. This way I split the “jumping up and on” from the “jumping up and on as it is falling.” I can gradually add more motion to the jumping up behavior. Vibration: If the dog is sensitive to the vibration of the board hitting the ground, common with aluminum equipment, it’s similar to dealing with a sound sensitivity issue. Interlocking foam tiles, a rolled up sweatshirt or towel, or a folded mat can be used to dampen the vibration that occurs when the board hits the ground. Where it’s different than a sound sensitivity is that you need to be aware of your dog’s location on the board when it hits the

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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
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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
Clean Run - August 2012 - 24
Clean Run - August 2012 - 25
Clean Run - August 2012 - 26
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
Clean Run - August 2012 - 33
Clean Run - August 2012 - Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Clean Run - August 2012 - 35
Clean Run - August 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Clean Run - August 2012 - 37
Clean Run - August 2012 - 38
Clean Run - August 2012 - Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
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Clean Run - August 2012 - 41
Clean Run - August 2012 - 42
Clean Run - August 2012 - 43
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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