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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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So we started agility.

As the title says, my wife and I started agility with our younger dogs. Today was our first official lesson. My wife has wanted to do agility for a long time, so I decided I would do it with her. Well, I must say, agility is going to be a lot of work. Especially for something we just want to "play" in and do for "fun". I can already see that's not going to be the case as my wife had me making practice jumps this afternoon hahaha. Either way I think this is going to be a lot of fun for us. The dogs seem to really enjoy it and it's low stress for them compared to other things we do. I can also see how this will help with our protection sports as well. Here are a few pictures of today. We were just learning jumps, working "off" side, and things of that nature today.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 11:14 PM
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It's a heck of a lot more exercise for the human then some would think. Eventually you stop making mistakes so you don't have to do it over and over and over again

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I knew it was physically demanding. The footwork and timing are what's impressive. I have good timing, but my body cues for this need some help. Also because of all my other training, it's going to cause some problems for agility. That's okay, we will get through them. Today I think I was boring my dog while she was waiting for me to get with the program haha.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 05:13 PM
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Handling is definitely the hardest part of agility! Have fun, once you start, it's pretty addicting.

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I don't know much about agility; but let me say those are some very beautiful pictures. They show just exactly how fit an majestic your GSD's are

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And this is only the first lesson? Impressive. Deja and I both love agility. Impulse control is still an issue as she likes to go visit dogs and their bags especially when bored.
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So very cool! Dinozzo & I have been learning some agility too at a great friends house! It is a lot of fun isn't it?

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Did Kiersten tell you I was thinking of doing Agility with Titan when I get home??

Love the pics but you know that already...

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For those of us who are not in our prime anymore: watch the knees and hips. It can also be tough on the high drive dogs so I will keep it low key for both of us.
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I remember my first agility class with Dena. The class started early in the morning and it was a little cool when we left the house, so I wore jeans. It was a small class, only 3 dogs, so by the time I finished an exercise and got to the end of the line it was time to go again. After running my butt off for an hour with hardly any breaks I was panting, my face was bright red, I was pouring sweat, and I thought I was going to die, lol. After that I vowed that no matter what the weather was I'd be wearing shorts to class. And I did - all the way into November!

The second to last week I tripped over a tunnel support because I was watching my dog and not where I was going, and I fell and broke my shoulder. That was halfway through the class - Tom was there taking pictures and there's one with me having just gotten up off the ground cradling my arm that was time stamped at almost exactly the mid-point, so I knew exactly when it happened. I didn't know it was broken at the time but it hurt like heck, so I could only handle her on my left rather than on both sides since I could hardly move my right arm. I showed up the following week in a sling and finished the class.

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