can my dog do the A-frame if his growth plates arn't closed
I have a 1 year old GSD. He weighs 64 pounds. I don't think his growth plates are closed yet. I jump him 12 ( 2 inches smaller than height of elbow) I am currently doing the A-frame full hieght in classes and less steep at home. We do classes once a week. I am in junior handler intermidiate 3 class. I go with the small dogs so he doesn't jump high. Also he doesn't do the weave poles. Can I do the full height A-frame or should I wait until his growth plates are closed? As I said before class is only once week and at home the Aframe isn't as steep.
Last edited by Teddy12312; 12-27-2013 at 08:32 PM.
NO, I would not do nor as a trainer would condone a one year old doing a full height a frame.
To much slamming on the joints, keep it lowered and work on having solid contacts.
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Right now we are working on snookers and jackpot level 3-4 courses. So u don't have to do the A-frame. I always avoid the Aframe if i can and never do the weave poles. I know how bad it is for his back. I usually skip it. Teddy is very advanced for his age. All the other classes are way to easy for him. Teddy even did a level 1-2 jumpers course in 14 seconds. Of course it wasn't in a competition and he only was jumping 12.