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    Default Agility

    Does anyone have any experience with this? how did you teach it to your dog? Please share your experience

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    Me too! I would like to know how everybody started off (what breed would be nice too) and how far you went.

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    Pretty is agile enough, she jumps onto cars, lol. Seriously though it is not a topic I have thought much about and am interested in hearing about it

    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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    I joined the local agility club and then later on my retired FIL made me some equipment for home to practice training.

    I've seen just about every breed and as many X-breeds at agility. Just make sure that they set the equipment up properly.

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    I hope to start this year.

    Our dog club requires your dog to have graduated grade 5, and to have a reliable stay and a reliable recall - which your dog is supposed to have for graduating grade 5 (sigh).

    And our dog club also requires the dog be over 12 months old - to protect the dog's growth/bones.

    So basically there are some obstacles and you teach your dog to navigate the obstacles - usually by luring it with something it likes a lot. Some people use "target" sticks ie you train a dog to touch the end of a stick with its nose and then follow the end of the stick with its nose and then that makes doing a weave fairly straight forward.

    There's a lot of stuff about targetting - here. It would be easy to make a targetting stick out of some replacement fibreglass tent poles (from Kmart, big w etc) and some of those practice golf balls with holes in.
    Gary Wilkes' ClicknTreat Articles for Serious Trainers

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    Thanks for the link I have bookmarked it!

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    Check the Dog parks near you. Some have agility equipment to train on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zifnab View Post
    Check the Dog parks near you. Some have agility equipment to train on.
    Not recommended unless you know 100% what you are doing. If you've never had lessons at all then it's highly inadvisable to go straight to DIY because the risk of injury is so high.

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    They are a good place to practise what you learn.

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    One of my local parks has agility like equipment but it's not much good for practicing on. The jumps are fixed height, and too close together for the height that they are and there are no jumps by themselves for initial practice. The weave poles are like channel markers - very solid, very fixed, way too big and way too far apart to be useful...

    The tunnels are more interesting being basically concrete pipes, these Frosty would rather jump on than run through.

    And they've got bench seats with big gaps between the seat slats which make ideal dog foot traps but are no good for teaching the ramp or the seesaw.

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