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Eliminating the chute

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Heard this elsewhere too.
I am happy about that.,
I did love the chute, and sending my previous girl through the chute. I thought it was a wonderful test of courage and trust.
However, I always worried that my dog might get caught up in it, and that that trust would be misplaced.
Apparently, I was right.
So I'm glad--planning on doing agility again.
I do hope they will come up with a new obstacle that requires courage and trust--but can be trained safely. No thoughts on what that can be, though...

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What safety issues did they have with it?

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What safety issues did they have with it?
The dogs would get tangled in it causing leg injuries.

I tried training Mako on the chute. It was a disaster. He would grab a mouthful of the material and try to play tug while running through... I benched the chute hoping to come back to it when he was more mature and less land sharky. Guess we won't be doing that after all.
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Heard this elsewhere too.
I am happy about that.,
I did love the chute, and sending my previous girl through the chute. I thought it was a wonderful test of courage and trust.
However, I always worried that my dog might get caught up in it, and that that trust would be misplaced.
Apparently, I was right.
So I'm glad--planning on doing agility again.
I do hope they will come up with a new obstacle that requires courage and trust--but can be trained safely. No thoughts on what that can be, though...
It will be interesting to see what each of the different venues decide on, and if/what will be added as a replacement.

Here's an article with some more examples, if anyone's interested in a visual.

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I have a chute set up in my yard and the dogs run through it all the time. I was kind of surprised they took it away but I can kinda see why. Mine is staked into the ground so the end doesn't move when they are coming out.

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I've also heard of friction burns on the face when a large, fast dog goes through.

It's impressive to watch. But like some comments I've seen, the speed that is being achieved on the agility field nowadays make this dangerous. Especially if the entry angle isn't dead on.

I believe it was a release from the CKC that postulated changing how it is designed (flat bottom of the barrel entrance, weighted fabric on the bottom) as ways of keeping the chute. But they did acknowledge the safety issues

But frankly, as a test of trust and independence, is it not just as equally a test of those things to have and open tunnel where the exit can't be seen from the entrance?
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Here is a video on the dangers, it's pretty good
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The video explains it well, but some of those dogs "crashes" made me cringe.
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How about the dog walk? it is the reason I dropped out with Deja. She fell off a few times and the trainer said that it is the way they learn. But I don't want a crippled dog. Never understood why they didn't make them wider for the larger breeds, same with the see-saw. I loved agility but decided to play it safe for myself too. It is very hard on your joints and many agility enthusiasts have knee and hip replacements. I honestly think that dogs were not meant to weave either or run down an A frame (hard on their toes and joints. It is no wonder that many are injured and retired prematurely.
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