My dog Mara is 6 months old does this make her to late to learn agility? I want to do a sport and this would be fun since she likes jumping. I know this would be a huge commitment so i am researching. Any tips?
I don´t do agility with my dog but have tried various of things. I would be very surprised if it would be too late to start doing agility at the young age of 6 months. I am sure even my and my 14 month old gsd could go and start doing agility if we wanted to, or any other sport. Go find some agility courses or agility club and start practicing, your dog is still very young
A lot of people DON'T start agility until later, to let the bones and hips develop. You can start her now if you want though, just try to work on the obedience side of it and getting her accustomed to equipment, don't make her do anything she's not ready for.
There are a lot of things that wait for full involvement until the growth plates are closed around 18 months. So yes, you can start her with agility and they will do things appropriate for a puppy.
Lots of comments from you on people looking and not answering. It is typical that people check a thread and don't bother to answer if it is no interesting to them or of they have nothing to say. Don't take it personal.
I do not think that you are late. Dog agility helps in stimulating the dog physically and mentally. I think the earlier one starts the better. Most people start way later so i think you are on the safe side. Here is an article on the benefits of agility.
6 months is definitely not too late! As the others said, it's actually better to wait until the dog is about a year or older before starting serious obstacle work, as agility is physically stressful on the body.
In the meantime you can work on plenty of foundation, tricks, obedience, play, etc. If you have a dog that focuses well and knows how to learn, agility is very easy to teach. There are tons of foundation things you can do while your dog is young that will make the "real" agility training very easy! (and as you progress, you'll discover that the foundation training is the real training)
Things that puppies can work on include clicker training and shaping, tricks (hand touch, walk backwards, spin left and right, retrieving, go around a cone, much much more!), impulse control, playing with toys (desire to play, tug, drop, and retrieve), body awareness (walking through cavalettis and ladders, walking and turning on a plank, perch work), noise and movement games (wobble boards, tippy planks, bang game, knocking things over, skateboards), more!
Find a good trainer with competition experience to help you get started. If you need help, you can give us your general location and we might know somebody to recommend.
No weave poles, A frame or dog walks either.
I pulled Deja out of agility as she was way too hyper on these and fell off. The trainer said that this is how she learns but I don't want an injured GSD.
Will start with my Collie (5 months) in a couple of weeks. He is way more calculated.
Get involved with a trainer or club that has sound knowledge of safe foundation training. Many of them offer "puppy agility" classes that you can enroll in, up to 10 or 12 months of age. They'll explain which obstacles are safe, and which can be adjusted to become safe. Lower heights, no weaving, plenty of reward and fun motivation. I enjoy it.
Puppy agility is LOTS of fun, and it helps build a foundation of trust between you and the dog. As an added bonus, your dog will learn to listen to cues at a distance, and understand directional commands, which may be useful if you choose to participate in other dog sports down the road. Go find a good class, and sign up tomorrow.