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If I am doing the Pre-Bang Game as a problem solving exercise for my 2-on/2-off trained dog, I do only a little of this work. Less is more when it comes to this game.

you’re moving or shorten the distance you’re moving forward past the end of the board. Note: If I am doing the Pre-Bang Game as a problem solving exercise for my 2-on/2-off trained dog, I do only a little of this work. Less is more when it comes to this game. When the dog has mastered the skills described above, raise the board with additional props so that it’s about 20" off the ground. You want to teach the dog to stay in position on the board even when the seesaw is almost level. You’ll need to start the dog a little further away from the board so that he has room to jump up and get his rear end under him. Add motion, working the dog on both your left and right side. At this point, if I am training the seesaw for the first time with a dog, I would introduce the Bang Game.

ing unable to control his body as he tries to stop on the board. Not Jumping onto the Board If my dog cannot or will not jump onto the board, I need to teach him how to jump on. I will actually bring out the table at a low height and teach him how to jump on that obstacle. I start with the dog at an angle just like I do with the seesaw board. The table gives my dog more room for error since the table is obviously much wider than the seesaw. When I work on the table, the end position is a stand. Teaching my dog to jump on the table from a slice gives my dog some confidence and skill to jump onto the seesaw board from a slice.

Dog Loses Control of His Back End When Jumping on the Board If my dog has this problem, I work on the focus forward exercises I described at the beginning of the article. I also work on getting him to jump onto the board cleanly. If necessary, I even do a little work having the dog jump onto the table from a slice. I have had several students’ dogs in class that needed to do this, and it helped almost immediately.

Conclusion
When I teach the seesaw I work all the aspects of the performance at the same time: position work, Pre-Bang Game work (then Bang Game work), and two table work. It’s not to be done one step at a time because each piece actually helps the other. The better your dog’s position work, the better the Bang Game will go. If you solve the dog’s motion sensitivity while working with two tables, it will help the Bang Game and vice versa. It’s really like pieces to a puzzle. I like puzzles! I hope this article has helped you find the missing pieces to the seesaw puzzle. D

Problem Solving
There are a couple seesaw performance problems that I solve using the Pre-Bang Game: the dog reaching for the ground early, the dog failing to jump up onto the board in the Bang Game, and the dog be-

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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
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Contents
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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
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Clean Run - August 2012 - The Information Highway of Agility
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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 - 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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