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post #41 of 44 (permalink) Old 03-14-2016, 03:29 PM
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I have pulled her out of agility at that age last year. She was way not ready and (therefore I didn't want it to become a negative experience); going off course, inspecting other dogs and the bags they brought with them, uncoordinated on the dog walk and falling off etc. Now, it is a year later and I feel she is getting more ready for it.
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I have pulled her out of agility at that age last year. She was way not ready and (therefore I didn't want it to become a negative experience); going off course, inspecting other dogs and the bags they brought with them, uncoordinated on the dog walk and falling off etc. Now, it is a year later and I feel she is getting more ready for it.
Same boat for me. Smartest "dog training" move I ever made. My dog needed time to grow and mature mentally before the stress of agility. Probably the hardest dog training move I ever made as well, especially coming off of a forced retirement from my senior dog needing to stop agility cold turkey due to medical issues.

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Just some thoughts - At 9 months old my male would have been over stimulated in an agility setting. Instead we focused on obedience and engagement in AKC obedience (smaller area, lots of dogs/people/distractions etc). We started agility at 15 months old and I am glad that we waited.
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Smartest "dog training" move I ever made. My dog needed time to grow and mature mentally before the stress of agility. Probably the hardest dog training move I ever made as well
Definitely felt like an embarrassment as a (pet dog) trainer myself at first but I had to do it and felt really good about it later.
The agility trainer said "not to worry about falling off the dog walk as she will learn that way". But I saw accidents and injury coming so no thanks! It was a relief. This intense dog has taught me so much about opening my mind to techniques and decisions to make.
Cam, however, at 6 months old is a breeze in agility already, almost too easy but a relief at the same time. Once he is done with two classes I may enter Deja back in the summer. She has solid obedience and impulse control compared to last year. What a difference a year makes at this age.
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