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04-03-2014 12:00 PM
wyoung2153 That's really good advice! I will certainly have to look into the course I'm thinking about. I THINK she competes in Agility so that will def help. I really really think titan and I would enjoy it. I just want us a little more solid on some of his OB first.. or does that matter at this point?
04-03-2014 11:43 AM
MaggieRoseLee I know when everyone starts agility we think it's all about the equipment and doing it with the dogs. And it is, kind of

For those that stick with it we realize agility is ACTUALLY about what the handler is doing in the space BETWEEN the obstacles!

This is where it real fun is for me. What do I have to learn, and does my dog have to learn to communicate to get around the course in the proper order so the dog is having fun and doing it fast, and we are going in the right direction!

Classes with instructors that don't really do agility have no clue about what to do in the area between obstacles. So they won't teach, from the start, all the fun and easy handler skills WE need 'on the flat' to give information where the course is going. Instead they just have the dogs go S L O W cause then (of course) everything is easier. But also then (of course) we are teaching our poor dogs that agility is a slow and steady (BORING) thing. When, instead, if we start out right, agility is at speed for the dog and we are NOT having to tear around after them because we know how to direct them with our fabulous handler skills

03-29-2014 09:37 AM
wyoung2153 Interesting! It's nice to know, most started as fun. This seemed to be one of the sports that I could do as much or as little of as I wanted and it wasn't frowned upon. I honestly think Titan would be good with ScH but I don't know how committed I could be with it, and I just don't see that being a good idea, starting bite work but not perfecting everything. Doesn't sound smart to me.
03-29-2014 01:25 AM
gsdlover91 I got into agility with Berlin because we needed a fun way to burn off energy this winter... We both ended up loving it and have become agility junkies (ironically that's the name of the place lol) I didn't plan on being serious as everything I do with my dog is just for fun...and I don't know if we'll ever compete, but he enjoys it too much to just only take one class. We are signed up for another and he'll be taking his beginner agility test this weekend I think most do it for fun, atleast it seems that way around here!

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03-28-2014 11:12 PM
llombardo I did a couple sessions with Robyn when she was about a year. She loved it. I ended up buying most of the equipment and hopefully will put it up this summer. In the meantime a year later I brought her to another place go get back into it and she remembered everything and doesn't have to start at the beginning. We start again on Monday. She could spend the whole class going up and down the A Frame, that is her favorite by far. I won't rule out entering a trial but it's not my goal.
03-28-2014 10:50 PM
selzer I did it for fun with Jenna and Joy. We had a blast with the different obstacles. I was pretty lost with Joy, when they were teaching us how to move to the one side and the otherside to change directions in the middle and stuff.

I think that we would have had more fun if we could just goof off on the equipment, but they were there with the idea of competing, and I said right off, that I really didn't want to.

I did not sign up for the next set of classes because I did not feel we were ready, but the trainer said we were, and then there was this tri-color corgi that wanted to eat my puppy, and the trainer agreed it would be better to wait with my puppy and pick it up later, rather than get a nasty dog-dog altercation with her being a pretty young, and not reactive puppy.

So I went through rally, conformation, and cgc with her, and haven't gone back to agility. I don't know if I am athletic enough not to embarrass myself and the dogs trying to do that stuff for real.
03-28-2014 10:46 PM
wyoung2153 I will not let them intimidate me! Glad you enjoyed yourself, how fun to only have 2 in the class!
03-28-2014 10:44 PM
Cara Fusinato I did a 4 week course with my fat little sheltie. She LOVED it but she ended up very very sore. There were only two of us in class so they moved us really quickly and we got 4x the amount of runs than in a normal class. I can totally see how quickly the bug will bite on this, but my torn knee and her soreness sent us back to obedience and scent. Haven't done any with the shepherd. He is too reactive towards other dogs for the off-leash-ness. I have joked a lot about a new sport called Agility-SLO for us out of shapers. Any ties involve a formula based on combined dog/human BMI. I am holding out for Wizard-Agility. You stand on a platform and direct the dog without running along. Go have fun and don't let the speed demons discourage you.
03-28-2014 09:36 PM
wyoung2153 Thanks guys this really encourages me to give it a shot!
03-28-2014 09:04 PM
TwoBigEars I think the majority of people competing in agility started "just for fun", and then got bitten by the bug. That was definitely how it was for us.

I think "just for fun" classes are a nice place to start and see how you and your dog like it. But don't be surprised if you end up wanting to go further, you might have to do some re-training depending on how the obstacles are introduced. For example, a "just for fun" class will likely teach the weave poles with luring, whereas for competition we have other methods of training the weaves to encourage speed and understanding.

Whatever you do, I'm sure you'll have fun either way!
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