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Here’s a simple rule of thumb. If you’re asking a question, you’re probably trying to learn. If you’re making a statement, you’re probably making an excuse! But that is what they understood because they didn’t ask enough questions to be sure they got it; nor did they read the accompanying handout. always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. In other words, you have to try new things; and inherent in trying new things is making mistakes. Making mistakes means that your dog won’t always be the best or most accomplished or whatever term you want to use. But since you are supposed to be the smarter half of the team, if your learning is done correctly your dog doesn’t know (or need to know) a mistake was made! While you’re making those mistakes, though, you are gaining new skills and the confidence to use those skills in a trial setting. two things: 1) you’re rude; and 2) you have no interest in improving. Both are a sad state of affairs. Don’t enroll your dog in a session that is way above his skill set. Remember that I said as an instructor I want to present appropriate challenges? This is much harder to do when your dog is clearly in “over his head.” And, please, be on time or be understanding when you miss your turn since you arrived too late to walk the course or sequence. I’m a firm believer that training your dog should be fun—for both the dog and the handler. That goes for the instructor, too! Be a good student and you will keep your happy instructor for years to come. D It’s Not About How Wonderful Your Dog Is We all think our dog is the most wonderful dog in the world. Well, I know mine are! That does not mean that either I or my dog will run every sequence well or as the instructor wanted it done. If you don’t try something new or something different, you won’t learn. You aren’t in class to show me how great your dog is, you’re there to improve your skills as a team. Paraphrasing a quote I read many years ago, most likely at an agility seminar: If you do what you’ve Basic Courtesy Finally, some basic courtesy is required. I’m giving you the best I have—turning your back and walking away while I’m talking tells me Elaine Coupé has been competing in agility since 1996 and been a USDAA judge since 2002. She lives in Oakland, Tennessee, with her husband Bob. They are owned by three Border Collies, ADCH PDCH Bounce, retired; ADCH PDCH Trip!; and young and crazy Kate. Brassy Beagle MAD, TM, RM, SM reluctantly resides with the Border Collies and occasionally competes, hoping to complete her ADCH before she retires. Contact Elaine through her web site: memphisagility.com. MOVE-iT ! ® Tired of dragging your A-frame to move it while simultaneously ruining your turf? Can’t move it by yourself? The Move It! is a revolutionary device that allows one person to move an A-frame without any lifting. Roll one home TODAY! See the full line of NoseTouch.com innovative products: www.nosetouch.com 888-711-PETS (7387) Also available at: www.cleanrun.com • 800-311-6503 November 12 | Clean Run 31 http://www.memphisagility.com http://www.NoseTouch.com http://www.nosetouch.com http://www.cleanrun.com

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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 - 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
Clean Run - November 2012 - 49
Clean Run - November 2012 - The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 53
Clean Run - November 2012 - 54
Clean Run - November 2012 - What Is a Ketschker Turn?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 58
Clean Run - November 2012 - 59
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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