|08-23-2013 12:55 PM|
|Saxtonhill||We had no conflicts while training for both agility and schutzhund, and I know of several successful teams in my area that actively do both agility and schutzhund with their dogs.|
|08-17-2013 08:36 AM|
|cliffson1||Medo is very athletic, so DH should have a blast. Good Luck!|
|08-16-2013 03:22 PM|
|GSDElsa||That's what I was thinking. .. that contextually it was so different for dogs that their wasn't going to be any kind of an issue but just thought I'd check with people that have done it. We'll just have to come up with some different words. I'm super excited to see how he does. Elsa is a big and long female and Medo is a very compact and super agile dog so I think he's going to kick some butt.|
|08-16-2013 11:36 AM|
|KristiM||I did schutzhund with Odin until he was 3 and then completely transitioned over to agility. The picture is so different that there was never any confusion for him with either the jumps or the A frame.|
|08-16-2013 11:32 AM|
Dante did agility foundation for 6 months and IPO. I have stopped agility just because of lack of time because of nursing school, but there was no confusion for him. Dogs are good at telling the difference between the venues. If anything it helped because I have never had an issue with him jumping off the top of the wall.
My new female puppy will be doing both competitively.
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|08-16-2013 11:16 AM|
It's just a difference in handling and cueing the dog. In agility you're not going to be standing in one position, you're more likely to be moving with the dog so that you can continue to signal down the course. Even as the dog goes over the jump, you're already telling the dog where to go next. In OB (and probably also in IPO, I'm guessing), you must be rigidly static because if you so much as move one foot, bam!, NQ.
So the picture that you are presenting as a handler is very different to your dog, and it doesn't take much for a reasonably smart dog to tell the difference between "go over the jump and return to Front" vs. "go over the jump and go on to the next obstacle." The course itself is another cue that things are going to be different. Dogs can tell an agility course from an obedience ring pretty easily!
It does take practice to get this down clear and fast, but it's not a hugely difficult training problem for most teams.
|08-16-2013 11:11 AM|
There's no reason you can't cross-train in multiple sports. As long as you're clear in your handling and training, it is often a tremendous benefit to be able to see different ways of tackling the same problems.
Be careful though, from what I hear agility tends to turn into a lifestyle, not just a hobby...
|08-16-2013 11:11 AM|
|GSDElsa||Oh definitely know it's possible. 2 people in my club do both at the same time. Just haven't gotten a chance to pick their brains yet. And the more thoughts the merrier! I'm not so worried about the foundation but for SchH it's always jump and come back to a front.|
|08-16-2013 11:05 AM|
|mycobraracr||I don't have any useful information, but I know it is possible. A friend of mine just got an agility title on his IPO 2 dog. The dog is now actively competing in both venues.|
|08-16-2013 10:53 AM|
|wildo||Might send a PM to Liesje. She does both, and I'm fairly certain she uses Mecklenburg's jump foundation for both, and teaches a proper a-frame for both. If you treat SchH "agility" as competitive agility, you should have no issue. If you've been quite lax in your criteria for SchH, then you might have to work harder to develop set criteria on those pieces.|
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