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05-28-2014 04:10 PM
wildo I guess I'm late to this party! Didn't see the original thread. Thanks for the shout-out Lee!

I'm really glad to see MRL post a video of the oh-so-amazing Tang!!

I can tell you that in my very first agility class, I had an interaction like this:
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Instructor: "What are your goals with agility"
Me: "Not sure. I'd like to try out the sport..." <points to Pimg> "I mean, I'm not sure how far we can go, but I'd like to try."
Instructor: "Oh- you'll never put a championship title on a big dog like that!!!"
2 years later, Pimg earned her C-ATCH championship title and is competing at Nationals in two weeks. She regularly beats Border Collies and has a track record to prove it. She's had more 51 point Snooker runs than not. She's extremely consistent and doesn't knock bars. She's certainly getting older now and slowing down, but she was running just as fast as the BCs- yet keeping bars up.

I can tell you that more than anything, that initial instructor you had will light a fire under your ass if you let it. While it sucks to be told that, it can be motivating. Go out there and prove to them that the GSD is very much a capable breed. But more importantly, have fun!
05-14-2014 01:08 PM
blackshep
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Thanks, I've found a much better trainer

That was the thing that got me - the basis of the class was that it was an agility foundations class for students who were experienced in training so ideally we could bypass most of the beginner "figuring out how positive reinforcement works" type things and get on to actually working concepts and obstacles. So I was confused when I was put at the back of the room and routinely skipped over for exercises or not given equipment to work with because there was only enough for the "serious" competitors. It was silly. Glad to be at a new place that is working very well for me!
I'm glad you found a new trainer. The main thing is to have fun with your dog. I did just a few obstacles with my dog, one day (I don't know all the names of the obstacles), she got to walk over the baby teeter-totter and oh boy, did she think that was great. She started crying and pulling toward it after her first time going over. lol

I had my scent detection class right afterward, so they left the obstacle there as something to hide scent on and any time my dog needed to cross the room, she was finding reasons to go over the teeter-totter. lol She's a funny girl.

Just have fun with your pup! There are people at flyball tournaments whose dogs are SO SLOW. Nobody cares, they are having fun. One guy's dog is literally going at a walk before he crosses the finish line, everyone cheers when he crosses the line.
05-11-2014 09:17 AM
holland Glad you've found a trainer you enjoy training with Good for you!
05-08-2014 11:44 AM
carmspack GSD can do Agility and do very well.
A female whose sire is my breeding competed in Canadian Regional and National Championships , handled by Paula Dumouchel-Clay.

You just go and have some fun with that dog.
05-08-2014 11:21 AM
MaggieRoseLee
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Thanks, I've found a much better trainer
Good for you!
05-05-2014 01:24 PM
Pax8
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Originally Posted by blackshep View Post
I can see your trainers point to a certain extent, although I don't think it's right to put you at the back of the class, if you're paying the same money to be there as the rest of the people.

I do flyball and while GSD's certainly can compete (along with dogs of all ages and sizes) and make decent times, they are not going to be all that competitive, compared to the BC's or flyball mixes at the upper levels of the sport.

That being said, if you and your dog are enjoying it, who is she to discourage you? Your dog doesn't care about being the world champion, it just wants to have fun with it's human!

I'd find another trainer and keep doing what you both enjoy.
Thanks, I've found a much better trainer

That was the thing that got me - the basis of the class was that it was an agility foundations class for students who were experienced in training so ideally we could bypass most of the beginner "figuring out how positive reinforcement works" type things and get on to actually working concepts and obstacles. So I was confused when I was put at the back of the room and routinely skipped over for exercises or not given equipment to work with because there was only enough for the "serious" competitors. It was silly. Glad to be at a new place that is working very well for me!
05-05-2014 12:51 PM
blackshep I can see your trainers point to a certain extent, although I don't think it's right to put you at the back of the class, if you're paying the same money to be there as the rest of the people.

I do flyball and while GSD's certainly can compete (along with dogs of all ages and sizes) and make decent times, they are not going to be all that competitive, compared to the BC's or flyball mixes at the upper levels of the sport.

That being said, if you and your dog are enjoying it, who is she to discourage you? Your dog doesn't care about being the world champion, it just wants to have fun with it's human!

I'd find another trainer and keep doing what you both enjoy.
05-04-2014 10:15 PM
I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO
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Originally Posted by Pax8 View Post
That's awesome! I've since found a much better trainer. I'm not really sure how competitive we're going to get, but I definitely want to go as far as possible. It's a really fun sport and both me and my dog enjoy it so we're probably going to keep on doing it for many more years
That's great! Mikko is my first agility dog, I started out "just for fun" as well, with no real intentions to compete. It's quite an addicting and fun sport so I am sure that you will become addicted as well
05-04-2014 10:13 PM
Pax8
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Originally Posted by I_LOVE_MY_MIKKO View Post
I compete with my GSD in one of the most competitive venues, USDAA. It's almost ALL border collies (even at his jump height), the courses are tight and so are the times, and you even need to beat the competition in some of the classes to earn a title in that class, or earn a championship title.
Guess what? My GSD earned his championship!! at 8 years old- only 3 years after starting USDAA. Sure, he doesn't always beat border collies, doesn't even usually beat the border collies. But, he is having fun, is fast enough to qualify, and is consistent enough that when the faster dogs crash and burn (or just knock a bar), he can place- and actually placed 4th in Grand Prix at Regionals a couple of years ago.
Please don't quit, but definitely find a better trainer!
That's awesome! I've since found a much better trainer. I'm not really sure how competitive we're going to get, but I definitely want to go as far as possible. It's a really fun sport and both me and my dog enjoy it so we're probably going to keep on doing it for many more years
05-04-2014 10:11 PM
Pax8
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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee View Post
Guru checking in

That first trainer is an idiot. Anyone can have fun doing agility with their dog and NO ONE who is in class paying the same amount of money as the rest should be dismissed and not taught as a group.

As long as you are listening, trying, and working as hard as everyone else then it's not up to the instructor to be so dismissive.

Go somewhere else where the instructor is a better teacher for ALL types of dogs and handlers.

2 yr old German Shepherd, "Tang" doing agility - YouTube
That was a great run with Tang! I definitely haven't given up on agility and I've found a much better trainer. Farther away, but it's worth it to work with a person with who is genuinely interested in helping me and my dog be the best we can be.
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