Moving forward with our agility training!
Hi all! It has been a while since I have visited or been active on these forums. My superstar pup Xuri (aka the love of my life) is now 13 months old.
We have been doing lots of foundation training/ground work all throughout her puppyhood, but we are finally playing on some real equipment (albeit at lowered heights). No weaves, a-frame, or dogwalk for us yet, but we are doing lowered jumps, tunnels, and teeter. I've been working with a trainer for the past five or six weeks, taking one lesson a week, and I just tried out a new trainer who is a little closer to home, and we had a great time! Just doing private lessons for now, as it has been tricky to locate a group class to join. I'm anxious to get her into an environment with more dogs, though, so we may be joining up a class about two hours away from where we live.
I am thinking of joining a local club that would allow me the use of the equipment whenever I wanted, although none of their contacts are adjustable, and they only have competition weaves, so I'm not sure it's worth the investment yet. I do have a handful of jumps at home, but no tunnels or tire, so that alone may entice me to join up. Plus its always nice to get out and about somewhere different! If I do join, I'll probably purchase Silvia's foundation training video and work through some of those exercises.
Speaking of Silvia, I'm planning to join her running contacts course beginning mid August. Should be fun! I'm lucky enough to be working with trainers who support my crazy endeavor. If anyone is interested, I could post some of her progress videos to these forums once we start the process. Lord knows I'll already be recording and uploading a million videos for the class, anyways.
I'm interested to know how many members here are actively training or competing in agility! How many agility GSD's do we have here? And, if you don't mind me asking, what contact behavior have you taught for your teeter??