Warning: Agility is a blast and you may become addicted!Thanks to Embark's notification of new relatives of my dogs, Frosty has a "full sibling" who is doing agility and loves it...got me interested in trying it with him! Will research Fenzi's stuff. Thanks, TeamHellhound.
Thanks, Skylar. I agree 100% with starting out in person with a class. We could never have done this on our own. There is so much to learn!Personally if you have never taken agility I think it’s best to do so in a club that has a lot of members who compete in agility whether AKC, CPE, UKC, NADAC etc. Look for a club with several levels of classes where they teach the proper foundations. Any dog can jump over a pole, but an agility dog needs to do it properly using the hind legs to push off and nose down coming over the pole. The teeter, Aframe and dog walk need to be carefully taught. This is especially important for both dogs who are a little timid or bold. Timid dogs may fear the teeter and need slow thoughtful lessons while a bold dog needs to be taught to complete the obstacles to be safe.
Thanks, Caroline! I hadn't heard of Data Driven Agility and I will look into that. I listen to Bad Dog Agility podcasts on my commute--good stuff. In fact, I emailed them a question once that became the topic of a podcast--handling other people's dogs. My friend has an Aussie youngster that is the opposite of my Scout, and the woman had a knee injury a couple weeks before the trial. So I got all amped up about running a sports car instead of a family sedan, but unfortunately she recovered and could run the Aussie. Er...I mean, fortunately, of course. Because it would be wrong to hope her knee was just a tiny bit painful in a temporary manner so that I could try to run a fast dog. Naturally I would never hope for that. So wrong.I took a class with Amanda Shyne, Data Driven Agility. It was quite helpful and one of her dogs actually is a mini poo.
I took a tugging class through Bad Dog at the start of the pandemic- that was good too.
I would recommend both, although I agree that it is preferable to start with in person classes.
I love Baddog agility's podcast on Apple Podcasts. My go-to for my 50 minute drive to agility class every week!!
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