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The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word
This agreement is the most important one, and the most difficult to honor. Your word is the power you have to create. It is the power you have to show your world to others, it is how you communicate. It is how you create the experience of your life. Your thoughts, your feelings, and your intentions are communicated to the world and those around you by what you say and how you say it. It demonstrates to others who you are and what you think. The word is the most powerful tool we humans possess. It has the power to create something beautiful or it can destroy relationships around you. Ruiz believes that the mind is like fertile ground with seeds constantly being planted. Those seeds are thoughts, opinions, and ideas. If you are planting seeds of goodwill, positive thoughts, and kindness, those experiences will grow in your life and the lives of those around you. If you plant seeds of negativity and

discontent, you will see that experience in your life as well. How many times do we create chaos with our spoken word? We use words to spread our personal poison, to express feelings of insecurity, envy, and anger. We use words to put others down and keep ourselves from feeling inferior and insignificant. One of the most dangerous usages of the word is gossip. How many times do we use gossip to make others look bad and make ourselves feel better, to make us look like we have inside information, to make us feel important? We gossip about someone getting a dog from a breeder we do not approve of. We talk about how badly someone did at a big agility event to feel less conscious of our own failures in the ring. So one of my first steps has been trying to catch myself before making comments or remarks about other dogs, handlers, clubs or venues. It really is much harder than you think. Try and remember the last time you went to a trial and did not gossip about anything. Even a remark about a judge’s courses or the club’s inability to take care of the workers is really gossip. Another very dangerous practice to get into is the use of sarcasm and teasing. Even comments made in jest can really hurt someone’s feelings. Being known as someone who tends to joke around a lot can make you even more of a target when it comes to insensitive remarks. I have had people comment about how badly I have trained my dogs, how badly I run my dogs, and how badly I teach my students. Although these remarks were made in jest, they can sting and on several occasions, these remarks were overheard by bystanders who did not realize they were a joke. You can really affect someone’s reputation by making sarcastic remarks about them in public places. If you find yourself in a group of people making negative remarks about someone, or teasing someone in a sarcastic manner, try complimenting them or simply excuse yourself and go spend some quality time with your dogs! You will be amazed at how much more enjoyable your weekend will be.

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Clean Run - November 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - November 2012

Clean Run - November 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Backyard Dogs
The Four Agreements
Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Being a Good Student, Part 1
Analyze This!
Tips for Weave Pole Entries
Not a Practice Dog Anymore
The 2-Minute Warm-up
The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
What Is a Ketschker Turn?
Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out
Clean Run - November 2012 - Clean Run - November 2012
Clean Run - November 2012 - 2
Clean Run - November 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - November 2012 - 4
Clean Run - November 2012 - Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Clean Run - November 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - November 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Clean Run - November 2012 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - November 2012 - 9
Clean Run - November 2012 - 10
Clean Run - November 2012 - 11
Clean Run - November 2012 - The Four Agreements
Clean Run - November 2012 - 13
Clean Run - November 2012 - 14
Clean Run - November 2012 - 15
Clean Run - November 2012 - Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Clean Run - November 2012 - 17
Clean Run - November 2012 - 18
Clean Run - November 2012 - Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
Clean Run - November 2012 - 20
Clean Run - November 2012 - 21
Clean Run - November 2012 - 22
Clean Run - November 2012 - 23
Clean Run - November 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 28
Clean Run - November 2012 - 29
Clean Run - November 2012 - Being a Good Student, Part 1
Clean Run - November 2012 - 31
Clean Run - November 2012 - Analyze This!
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 35
Clean Run - November 2012 - 36
Clean Run - November 2012 - 37
Clean Run - November 2012 - Tips for Weave Pole Entries
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 43
Clean Run - November 2012 - Not a Practice Dog Anymore
Clean Run - November 2012 - 45
Clean Run - November 2012 - The 2-Minute Warm-up
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 48
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Clean Run - November 2012 - The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 54
Clean Run - November 2012 - What Is a Ketschker Turn?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Clean Run - November 2012 - 61
Clean Run - November 2012 - Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out
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