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    Default Competition Agility & Obedience

    Hey All,

    Is anyone in this forum interested or already participating in competition agility and obedience?

    My boy has his CCD title for obedience and hoping to start training for our CD title and also agility.

    I'm wanting to start a strict regime of exercise for my dog (and me) to get us fit for serious trialling... we have a beach & parks close to us, any acitivities you can suggest other than the usual walk/jog thing? I'm going to try every morning to get up before work and do something with him. I like to do 'thinking' games with him of a night time while we sit and watch tv.
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    I nearly am.

    I've only competed in mock trials so far. I thought I was just about ready to give it a go when the Hockey season finished - and my instructor suggested I hold off till the start of next year - and then I'm eligible for all sorts of club and state trophies for the most in one year. Which means calendar year.

    Still a bit fuzzy on how that works.

    Not sure I would ever compete in Obedience. We learn the moves - though I can't imagine Frosty doing well at the retrieve or food refusal. I just find putting it all together a bit tediuous. Not a problem in Agility. Though some level of precision there is also helpful.

    So I've joined SACA and I go to class twice a week - just haven't entered an official competition. I go and watch or steward tho.

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    stewarding definately helps!I'm sure you guys will do great!
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    Hi!

    My dog has her CD title, we will start trialling in Open early next year.

    We had also just started trialling in agility, we have done two trials with a few quallies

    For aerobic fitness we just do daily walks and jogs... 3x week we jog for 30 mins and other days she gets a mixture of on leash and off leash walks on different surfaces, sometimes the pavement, sometimes grass, sometimes through t he reserve on rough and hilly ground. She gets to run with other dogs probably 3x week. She is very fit and has a low heartrate that the vet always comments on. I have heard it said that greyhound trainers do a lot of 'roadwork' for fitness which is pretty much just brisk on leash walking.

    For strength, nothing really beats agility! We train at club once a week and try to do some simple jump/weave training at our local oval another once or twice a week (although trying to fit in obedience AND agility training plus work etc is a bit challenging!). When we had a 4 week break from agility training both her strength and endurance suffered, she was knocking more bars in training and tiring quickly. We also do lots of tricks which involve body awareness and strength like begs, standing on hind legs, jumping, spinning in both directions.

    We plan on doing an endurance trial next year so we are also doing short bike rides to get her used to that.

    I have just started taking her to the chiro once every month or two for maintenance, as agility (and even obedience) is pretty hard on their bodies.

    Have fun

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    Here's my instructor asking me to delay cos she thinks I could get state championship (I'm sure it's going to clash with hockey). But she and one of the other instructors will both have their puppies ready to go by the start of next year's season too.

    It's going to be tough but I know my dog can only get better if I hold off a bit, and at least I have a shot at it - where as if I start now - no chance.

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    Hi wuffles thanks for sharing!! Sounds like you're very committed to your dog!
    I will be starting my regime tomorrow morning, starting with an onleash walk then offleash through the sand dunes then on leash on the road again. Friday morning will take him for a jog at the park.

    I love hearing what other peoples regimes are like!

    Hyacinth not long til you start trialling then! Start when you're ready and have fun with it... CCD is all about getting started and if you haven't done a trial before its a great learning experience.. I surprised myself when we came 1st place on 2 of our legs.

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    Hi Gemmie

    Not interested in CCD or CD or heel work competition. More interested in agility & jumping and games. Have seen some shocking judging calls on CCD. Sigh. One particular judge - she didn't judge a dog relative to other dogs in the comp - she seemed to judge it relative to its own ability - so if it did one thing brilliantly and then stuffed it up a little bit later - she marked it down very heavily while not giving the brilliant part - that was better than any other dog in the comp a score that reflected that. I watched one dog who had been out of comp for a while due to injury - get marked down for things that were not marked down at all when other dogs did the same things. The judge was a newbie, and very very inconsistent.

    And we've got another judge who is way too old and decrepid to be judging. She can't see properly or walk properly or remember what marks she wants to give. So her results can be a bit inconsistent too.

    I just find heelwork a bit tedious and judging too subjective for me to bother spending money on entry fees. Good luck to those who enjoy it but it isn't for me.

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    Fair enough, everyone is different and thats what makes the world go round :P

    I like both and its probably because my boy is a bit older (i started with him last yr at 5 yrs of age) so I think he's got his head screwed on a bit more... he's my starter dog.... love him to pieces and no other dog will ever change that. I like the structure of obedience and I think it makes a difference when you have good judges

    Have been researching some different breeds for the future and have fallen inlove with one in particular. My boyfriend wants a dobermann... which is fine they are beautiful and have some great qualities. But I have found the Finnish Lapphund and am falling in love! haha! Will have to keep researching!

    But my boy is my first dog and totally awesome, SUCH a great starter for me and we just love him... even though he is a great big poof! haha!

    I just bought an agility tunnel yesterday, can't wait for it to arrive!

    Hyacinth I don't understand why your instructer would be telling you to delay because you could get state championship? Does that not mean you should start now? Start when you're ready and you feel your dog is ready
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    You get plenty of 'interesting' calls in agility as well, for example... contacts, the seesaw hitting the ground before the dog jumps off, was that a refusal or not, did they go past the first weave... and some evil courses that have tricks and don't flow and... well, you get my point :P

    I've had some tough scores in obedience... at our first Novice trial we scored 3 points more than our second... and our second performance was WAY better than our first. So I do agree that it can be frustrating. As long as I get a Q I try not to complain too much

    Congrats Gemmie on your two first places!! Great work!! Doesn't it just make you feel so proud? It amazes me what our dogs are capable of sometimes (and don't forget the handler). Sand dunes sound like a great place for exercise.

    I quite enjoy heelwork as it is a challenge. My girl likes heelwork, she doesn't like the no rewards part in trials but apart from that thinks it is a pretty cool exercise

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    I am keen to do agility with Gypsy but as she is stupidly timid and rolls over and wees herself if growled out (she was severly abused before I rescued her) I don't think (nor does my trainer) that she would cope with the 'militant' style of competition obidence.
    Chevelle however thrived when we were doing obidence (before I got Gypsy) and would like to do CD with her.
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