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Old 01-13-2013, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our Schutzhund club has been training at an indoor arena of a barn for the winter. Today was a "lazy" training day for Aiden and we just played around and had some fun goofing off. We had a good time saying hi to all the horses and we even found another "Aiden"!

The two Aiden boys

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They were so cute together!

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"He's right behind me..isn't he.."

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We also played around with the jumps today. That part of the Schutzhund retrieve has always been his favorite. I know nothing about handling a dog in agility, but I did set him up with a few (4-5) consecutive jumps and he really seemed to enjoy doing it! He's about 85 pounds and really long in body, so I never considered doing agility with him before, but he jumps really well. I also never really considered him as fast and didn't expect anything different in this case, but he really was running faster than I usually see him do.


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I am just wondering if maybe we should consider looking into agility. I'd never considered it before since he is such a big dog, but he really seemed to have fun today. He just seemed much less stressed than I sometimes see when we are training in Schutzhund. He's very handler sensitive and this kind of just seemed like he was actually having fun out there, rather than being upset about doing the wrong thing. I know most people here probably already know of our struggles with Schutzhund and my questioning his retirement, but I am thinking that maybe agility could be our fun new venue in the future. I'd love to hear thoughts from others who do agility with their GSD's.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first what gorgeous pictures I love the 3rd one! I'd frame that

second,,hey go for it!! Agility IS fun and less stress, if a mistake is made, oh well, no big deal) With that I definitely think you should go for the agility ring
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think agility is a GREAT confience builder for dogs, and is very low stress overall if you aren't stressed about it. Definitely go for it! Elsa is definitely not a bite work girl and is also very handler sensitive and she just thrives on the agility course!
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What a handsome pair!!! Two VERY photogenic boys!

Great action shots on the pics! Aiden does seem to be a natural!
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First, I want to go ahead and agree with the above. Aiden looks like he's LOVING it! So I say go for agility! (:

Second... He's such a HUNK! LOVE those pics. I think my favorite is "He's right behind me, isn't he?"
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Great photos. Based on the photos, I think it would be a good thing for Aiden to get into agility.
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Thanks guys!

I'll look around in my area and see what I find for agility clubs. If anyone knows of any worth recommending, please feel free to let me know! I will most likely continue with tracking for sure and probably shoot for some obedience titles as well. Taking bitework as it comes at this point. If agility is a fun sport for a sensitive dog, then it sounds perfect for us!
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the picture of the two looking at each other, well that is special, i love,love,love it. you should frame it!!!!!!!!!!!! and yes a natural at agility for sure, great pictures and thanks for sharing them with us
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Nice pics

I think agility would be great, I think Odin is built very similar to aiden (looks that way in the pics you post of him anyways.) I also started in schutzhund with Odin, he loved it but I think agility has turned out to be his niche. Careful though agility is HIGHLY addictive!


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Nice pics

I think agility would be great, I think Odin is built very similar to aiden (looks that way in the pics you post of him anyways.) I also started in schutzhund with Odin, he loved it but I think agility has turned out to be his niche. Careful though agility is HIGHLY addictive!


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Awesome! I found a club in my area and sent an email..Very excited!
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