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08-31-2014 07:20 PM
DutchKarin I did agility with my last dog an aussie. We started for fun, got a bit competitive but it was always fun. I really laughed a lot both at myself and all the dog antics. I have always said that training agility just itself is great for building a much deeper bond with the dog. I sure do miss my partner who passed on in March. Anyway, you work off leash and you learn so much about how your body language communicates to the dog, sometimes in the most subtlest of ways. Really has improved the way I communicate with dogs.

Try it out and find the humor in it all.
08-31-2014 04:19 PM
lauren43 I know everyone has pretty much said the same things here. I did it with my last dog for fun, we did formal classes for 8 months and most of it was just foundations (mostly because I started in the winter and their facility is a barn, so we stayed indoors while it was super cold)...

Lots of recalls, crate games, sequencing jumps...I quit because I got really frustrated with Avery. If there was another dog around he was bailing on me to go visit, among other things. But that boy loved to jump!

I will be starting again with my new pup, this time I'm going in with a different dog and a totally different attitude, so if he likes it we will stick with it!
08-31-2014 04:04 PM
MichaelE Lisl and I do it for fun. I don't have every obstacle that is on a course, but the jumps are higher. She has fun and it's good exercise.
08-31-2014 03:40 PM
Nyx I started agility for fun. My dogs need something to do and I like to learn how to communicate with them better.

I think any sport that you are willing to learn with your animals is a good thing.

And if others in your courses don't like that you are not "hitting it hard" for competitions, that is their problem, not yours.

As long as you are not disrupting the class or hampering others progress why should it matter if you are or are not ultimately learning/practicing for competitions.

Now if only I could get out of my dogs way, we'd be doing so much better. LOL
04-03-2014 01:00 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 12:43 PM
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 10:37 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 02:25 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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03-29-2014 12:12 AM
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 11:50 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.
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