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    Hi all

    Just wanted to tell you that Frosty and I had our first go at Agility today...

    And it went really well. She did stay on lead though.

    Yesterday's obedience classes were cancelled - too hot. But I went along and did all the stuff for renewing to get the money stuff out the way. It's $55 this year (eek). And I asked about coming to Agility.

    So tonight I rock up for Agility. I get a yellow tag and sign "the book" which must be done every week. And I line up with the beginners. There's three of us and three dogs - well bitches = all girl class and female instructor too.

    So there's a ridgeback like dog - maybe a little shorter but very boofy, and there's Frosty, neither of these or handlers had seen an agility anything much let alone tried to persuade dog to do any of it, and the third person - with a kelpie x collie (that's lassie not BC), who was an extremely experienced handler, and had been practicing at home, but it was the first time with new distractions and kelpie x found Frosty very distracting, and Frosty was doing her best trollop impersonation.

    So we start with a spread (two planks wide) and a hoop, and I'm a little late and all Frosty wants to do is eat the lead. But she gets it sort of nearly. It's fun doing hoops and stuff with the lead still on.

    The kelpie x made the weave look really easy. Frosty said but we just went that way and now you want me to go this way - can't I just run around? I think she was getting it and then we had to change apparatus. She loves the hurdles and she loves the table and she did a good job of the mountain scrabble thingy. Not real sure about the tunnel, all I was worried about was catching her the other side, since I'd had a lot of trouble getting her back on lead the day before. But Frosty never looked like she wanted to be anywhere else.

    So excellent fun.

    The biggest eye opener was how many dogs doing "off lead" work - came to visit. Although the dog that was clearly having the most fun being where it shouldn't and not doing what it was told and not coming when called, turned out to be someone taking their dog for a "walk" in the parklands. Effective control - Right. We suggested she come on Tuesday when there are *obedience* classes.

    There was a fun mix of dogs to. Ms very experienced (forgot her name already) - her competition dog is a Staffy that looks very like my brother's, and her other dog is a tan and white bull terrier - completely friendly sooky. And the kelpie x is her mum's from AWL (same as Frosty), and she's training it too.

    There were also the predictable tribe of BCs and very demanding they were too, and shelties, and little fluffy things, and other farm type dogs of indeterminate parentage. And something that looked like a minature airdale and a cocker spaniel - who were really enjoying themselves.

    The whole thing was so much more laid back than obedience classes. I knew I'd like it more. But I probably need both for a while.

    PS about the on lead, the agility people prefer flat collars to slip collars, so I changed Frosty back to her regular collar, and Indigo's owner did the class in a slip collar with a little less control ie you pull on the lead and there is a delay before something happens. We'll know for next time.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 02-04-2010 at 03:00 PM. Reason: added bit about flat collars preferred

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    Thanks for this thread Hyacinth! I hope you keep updating it every time you go! It sounds like you both had a great time.

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    Anything that involves Frosty being up high looking down on the rest of us - she's into. Like if I go to the beach - she's always climbing the sandhills to get a bit of height on the rest of us peasants at sealevel.

    She did finish the evening by jumping onto the Landcruiser back seat instead of me having to lift her up. Even though there was no kerb step. She won't do that every time.

    It's funny I thought there would be some neat way of teaching dog to weave. Maybe if I did a better job of teaching her to follow my hand, except I still have to go around the outside and I can't detach my hand to lead the weave... But mostly it seems to be a consistent way of indicating - eg waving hand through and saying "weave weave"... the kelpie x was doing the jump jump thing, but Frosty and Indigo? were walking around... very s l o w l y.

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    I am interested in all this. You also have a wonderful way with words, lol. Maybe this can be your agility journal?

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    It sounds like you had great fun. Oh I know the feeling of visiting dogs and must admit one of my Kelpies did that to every class set up across the oval.

    She wasn't all that keen on the cloth tunnel, so my self and the instructor were trying our best when suddenly it's like the light went on in her head "oh this is what you want me to do, well this is kind of fun" and she then proceeded to go a bit crazy like after a bath with tail between legs and ran thru each of the other classes tunnels.

    About a year later she bashed her patella tendon on a jump that some idiot had screwed on too tight (board didn't fall when when she clipped it). grrrr

    Three in your class, wow that sounds good.

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    I so regret not doing agility with Lady earlier on. It sounds like so much fun.
    Frosty will have it in no time!
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    I'm really interested in agility, it looks like so much fun.

    Thanks for letting us know what kind of things they do there. I will keep following, so keep us updated.
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    aww bless Frosty, sounds like she is having a beaut time at agility & thank you for letting us know about agility

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    Now I just have to figure out how I can set up some practice stuff at home, like weave poles. I'm eyeing off the electrical conduit stuff but club uses broom poles with nails in the bottom and hose clamps to stop the end of the broom pole splitting. They do tend to get bashed out of align a bit easily though.

    The jumps are just more broom poles resting on horizontal things, they're not tied or screwed in. Which is probably a good thing because last night they were about the same height as my neighbours' front side fences - and Frosty has had a fair bit of practice leaping those but she usually puts her back feet on them as she goes over. Not so good with agility jump, like a horse show jump - the rail will fall off.

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    Hi all

    Today's exciting update = agility cancelled. sigh.

    Obedience morning and evening classes, and hockey matchs for that matter - all cancelled.

    Too bloody hot - again.

    Hoping next week will be better. Hoping next week's forecast is wrong so I can do obedience training too. It currently says 34'C which would be ok for evening stuff but no good for the morning obedience classes. Sigh.

    I had a list of bad behaviours that Frosty was doing as a puppy. She's only doing about half of them now. Woo hoo. Noticeable improvement.

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