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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 07:39 PM
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I've never had a problem with the teeter or the dog walk. it's simply a matter of control and making sure that your large dog isn't running it at top speed
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 07:48 PM
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Bad Dog Agility released an excellent podcast on the subject:

I am very happy to see the chute eliminated. Too many opportunities for all kinds of different injuries.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2016, 08:39 PM
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There was an agility course set up at a dog event I went to once. Pay a buck and take your dog thru, to benefit the humane society or something. I let my girl go, she was such an athlete when she was younger. Ran up on the dog walk, no fear, ran along till she lost her balance and then she realized she had lost it and sort of kicked off toward me like "mom, catch me!!"

Well, I did. Wasn't going to let her fall. Unfortunately or fortunately she had that blind faith in me so I had to deliver. Of course, I should have been more careful and made her be more careful. Luckily I was fit enough to pluck her out of the air and lower her down.

Her mom was an agility dog. I am sure she would have rocked it if I had taught her how.

I tried to teach her a chute at home once and it was a disaster, she got tangled up, flipped upside down, total crash. But I told her to stop fighting and I would get her out so she did and I did and luckily she wasn't hurt and isnt the type of dog to care about something like that. Tunnels are her favorite. She runs through like wheee!
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 09:53 PM
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Personally I didn't really care whether the chute stayed or not. I did feel like it was really under-trained and most people didn't spend much time teaching their dog to perform it safely (always go straight, don't turn in the fabric). Accidents can happen even with a lot of training though and the same can be said for every agility obstacle. Not to mention the tough exit angles on both AKC and USDAA courses that made straight exits less intuitive for the dogs.

I'm not sure if anything new will arise to replace the chute. As far as an obstacle that tests courage, trust, and training, I think the teeter is it. Riding a moving board that bangs is a pretty big challenge for most dogs to overcome.

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