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While it is important to continue counterconditioning if the trigger is close or if the dog has multiple triggers, you can begin to add back more traditional agility training in situations where counterconditioning has helped relax the dog. I highly recommend asking for only fun, simple behaviors at first, so you can pump the dog full of positive reinforcement in the presence of a mild trigger (this will also help your counterconditioning, as there is certainly an overlap between classical conditioning and operant conditioning). Also, be sure to teach the dog the selfcontrol games described in the other articles in this series and in “Teaching Your Dog to Choose Self-Control” in the CR Special Issue on Motivation & SelfControl. Self-control is critical for the dog that is worried—after counterconditioning, the anxiety can be lessened enough that the dog can make choices, and selfcontrol is always a good choice. Many behaviorists recommend teaching the dog an alternate behavior to replace an undesired behavior. So, a good example in this case would be to begin with teaching self-control, where the dog looks up at you rather than at the trigger. Heat the Porridge! Remember that getting the dog into a higher state of arousal for work and play with you will generally cause distractions to fall to the wayside. This can be the same for worries, too. After you have done counterconditioning and the dog is showing signs of being more relaxed, try to raise the dog’s state of arousal before training and he will be very likely to ignore mild triggers. correct response. Begin with very simple behaviors so he can have a high rate of success. If he fails a few times, move the trigger farther away and try again. Never get angry or punish the dog—he has a lot on his plate to think about, and an angry handler or punishment will just make matters worse. Be sure that the dog gets experience training and can earn positive reinforcement in a variety of places—you can control the environment and triggers in training. When you have a happy and confident dog in training, it is time to consider entering trials. The first step is to simply go to a trial with the dog without entering; see how the dog responds to the environment. How close are the triggers? Does he even notice them anymore? Are you able to get him to respond to simple cues and maybe even heat the porridge a bit? Can he play with you at the practice jump, or relax in his crate? If you are happy with the dog’s response in a trial setting, you should consider entering him in matches or any of the venues that allow training in the form of positive reinforcement (like a toy) in the ring. If your dog displays worry in the trial setting, go back to your train- Add the Triggers to Training After counterconditioning and working on self-control and simple behaviors in the presence of the triggers, you can begin to add the triggers into your dog’s regular agility training. For example, can he do a restrained recall past a trigger? Or hand touches? In class he can easily do a 2-on/2-off contact on the A-frame, but can he do it with a large man in a hat 20' away? 10' away? 2' away? If yes, reward all of these responses. Or, he can weave perfectly in a quiet training building, but can he weave six poles with a dog barking and tugging 15' away? Or a teeter banging? Again, reward for the Be sure that the dog gets experience training and can earn positive reinforcement in a variety of places—you can control the environment and triggers in training. When you have a happy and confident dog in training, it is time to consider entering trials. BLIND CROSSES Y       What foundation training should be in place before you begin training blind crosses. Training a strong blind cross cue. The importance of timing when using a blind cross. Applications of where you might use a blind cross. Explanations of why I would prefer a blind cross in certain sequences. Actual trial footage of my use of blind crosses with slow motion clips and explanations... And more! A HANDLING SYSTEM B D Training Running Contacts with Stride Regulators Available at www.cleanrun.com and www.strideaheadagility.com 53 Also available from Barb Davis November 12 | Clean Run http://www.cleanrun.com http://www.cleanrun.com http://www.strideaheadagility.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!
Clean Run - November 2012 - 33
Clean Run - November 2012 - 34
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 - 53
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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