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    Default Agility props is my mastiff capable?

    Hi
    Went to the dog park this evening and the council had installed agility training equipment.

    We have a narrow plank, a A frame ramp, very steep. A short tunnel, a lifted hoop and all the poles in a row slalem ?

    My dog is huge, she can just squeeze through the tunnel. My mastiff is easy to train, very food driven. Loves her long walks and dog park, but is rather lazy.

    Do you think any dog can do it, I had a lot of dogs but have never encountered agility before.

    Also any sites or YouTube videos welcome
    thanks everyone

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    Have actually just been reading a there'd on another four which suggests that permanent / fixed agility equipment is quite dangerous (dogs hitting at speed etc).

    I would also suggest that you get some help from an agility club as it's quite strenuous on joints etc (and you have a giant breed).

    I never went further then beginners but really loved it - it was great fun to learn about.

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    Hi I will definitely check out all the safety issues before I let my beloved dog on it, so thanks for that,
    Also as it was all so sudden an option I did not think of Layla's joints, she is 65kgs. Really thinking this not for us.

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    I don't see any reason why any dog couldn't do tunnels and weaving poles.

    In regards to jumps and ramps, well more would depend on the dog. I have competed in agility with my dog (a dobe cross) and he has no trouble clearing well over 1m from a stationary start right next to the jump. If he knows he's going to fall off a ramp, he corrects and lands on his feet. But I have seen other dogs twist themselves badly if they fall. I have also seen dogs not make the jumps and have some nasty bumps. When you go to an agility or IPO club, the jumps can be knocked over with little damage to the dog. But the council typically have metal fixed structures so if the dog doesn't make the jump it can be painful.

    To answer your question, I think that any dog can do agility to a degree. You just need to make sure the jumps aren't too high and that if your dog isn't hugely athletic, you don't push them too hard (which I'm sure you wouldn't do intentionally anyway).

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    Weaves are very hard work for a dog - they have to pull their body through 180 degrees to get around - ie first they're going left then they have to go right.

    The only agility equipment I've seen at dog parks would not be allowed at any dog agility competition because it's all built solid and won't collapse if your dog prangs into it. And you've seen dogs doing zoomies... I guess if your dog is going nice and slowly - training them to go around a pole or two is probably ok but I wouldn't push the speed or tight turns side of it.

    With concrete tunnels - you also have to be very careful the dog doesn't slam their shoulder into them on the way in, or hit their head on the roof part.

    Jumping - is obvious. But something called "jump bumps" or "trotting poles" where a bit of pvc is put across the ground so the dog has to practice picking their feet up couldn't hurt.

    I also do something called "body awareness" and "perch work" with my dog where I get her to put her paws up on things like phone books wrapped in towels - but with a mastiff - you could start with the mat or (dog) bed game where he gets the treat for getting all four feet on the mat/bed...

    And then you can graduate to a wobble board eg a large (for mastiff) slab of wood (ideally cut in a circle) with a small round wooden door knob attached to the bottom of it to make it "wobble"

    I don't know why they put agility equipment in dog parks. I think it's dangerous. My dog quite likes the bmx track at our park - she could still hurt herself but it's much less likely than if she prangs the big metal solid pipes they put at the dog park.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isYSA2SxMyc

    (how not to do a tyre is at about 4:50 in)

    And the 2014 way. Notice how much faster the dog walk is. And the weaves and how many jumps are done from the back to the front...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKXBwGu_VEU

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    Don't know... he doesn't look as if he's having much fun. You can kind of see him wondering where his comfy sofa has gone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjqtwNUE148

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    Don't know... he doesn't look as if he's having much fun. You can kind of see him wondering where his comfy sofa has gone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjqtwNUE148
    I feel like that would depend greatly on the dogs personality though. My Aussie isn't too keen on agility, some days he is about as enthusiastic as that mastiff but some Aussies absolutely love it!

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    I reckon that mastiff is actually limping when he's jogging - towards the end of the course.

    he's not completely hating it - I think it would be hard to make a mastiff do that, but I think it's not something he enjoys for himself, but something he does to please his boss.

    Evil hound will go jump extra stuff or nick off up the scramble because it's fun...

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