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Thread: Agility Club-A Good and Bad Club; How Can You Tell?

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    Default Agility Club-A Good and Bad Club; How Can You Tell?

    Hi Guys,

    I am quite exhausted tonight; emotionally and physically. I won't bore you with a tedious story. I just want to find out what to expect from a agility club. If you can answer the followings that would be really helpful.

    1. how do you advance?
    2. how instructors know your training history?
    3. how consistent in terms of training?
    4. any other comments in choosing a right club?

    Thanks.
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    Hmm

    I dunno. My dog club runs agility training. It's recently restructured to include foundation training before it starts on obstacles.

    Lemme see - what would I look for in a good agility training club?

    One that checks to see if dogs can do stay and a recall - I should have missed the first 3 months and just worked on recalls, sigh. And several of my friends are still doing agility with their dogs on lead so they can't nick off. Got mixed feelings about this. It's probably dangerous for the dog, but they're having fun.

    one that won't let dogs under 12 months old near the equipment (apart from the body awareness stuff and maybe jump bumps).

    one that spends time training each obstacle, and basic handling and signalling before getting carried away with running courses.

    I really need to practice front crosses and pull throughs and stuff, and all we do are sequences. The "trialing class" ie for people who have entered trials and got a couple of qs or even a title - they get to run double boxes and do handling practice but the rest of us just run sequences. WTF?

    I'd like to see "stations" where different handling or training situations are set up and you work one for a bit, then move on to the next. With five minute limits.

    They should not allow anyone to train their dog in a choke collar. This should be obvious but my club doesn't fuss for the "fun class". Sheesh.

    It would be nice if they've heard of some of the top trainers and competitors and websites.

    Bottom line from the agility club - you're looking to train on their equipment, it may help if you already know what you're doing and how to train it as they may not. So if you want to train contacts or whatever, it would be nice if the instructor gives you the opportunity.

    One that will not let aggressive dogs with no recall participate. This should be obvious but yet another fail for my dog club.

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    Hya-Thanks for that. Do you know how an assessment(not sure of what terminology people use for this) made for advancing to upper class or a new dog that has some experience in another club (I guess this will be depending on club rules) Do you have vetting in your agility course?
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