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    Default Agility - Non Comp

    I have a red cattle dog female who is 10 months old and full of energy (no surprise there). Because it has been too dark for me to take her running in the mornings and afternoons, I've been trying to keep her active in our yard. She has two big dogs to run around with while I'm at work.

    I'd really like to start some agility training with her. At this point I don't want to take her to any classes or dog parks with facilities, because I live too far away. I have no experience - any tips on getting me started at home?

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    Hi Kel,

    Welcome.

    I would start on basic obedience training. Those basic skills such as sit/wait/come are half the battle imo. I personally would not start at home as wrong directions can make the dog put off.
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    Kids tunnels from Ikea are good. Years ago I used tomato stakes for the weave poles.

    Just remember that if you build any high jumps be sure not to secure the bar tightly in place. If the dog hits the bar it is meant to fall off so as not to injure it's patella.

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    Thanks for the replies! Hachna, we have done basic obedience which she enjoyed doing.

    MAC, thanks for the tip about the jump. And the tomato stakes are a good idea - cheaper than the traffic cones I was thinking about buying.

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    I would love to do all this with Murphy but that will have to be left to the boss as my back is way too bad for me to be running around the park with him.
    And I know that he will love doing that and I think he would learn real quick to.
    He is sitting on command already and waiting to be told when he can go out an in. As we are making sure he comes in last.
    Just to show him where in the chain of command he is.

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    my back is way too bad
    sorry to hear that....yes I think you made a right choice though I have seen people with physical limits in the agility ring. I am never going to be faster enough for my minis..I usually advance 3 or 4 obstacles and make my minis to start. An instructor called it "cheating" but I know I am not wrong.
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    To make it way clearer I have had 3 operations on my lower back to which not have worked for more than 6 weeks.
    So this is a well and truelly the truth.

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