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    So Koda only does agility at home, only for fun, so i am well aware that there are many techniques i havent taught him. And if i'm completely honest... its not something he'd enjoy competing in anyway. After ten minutes or so he is usually looking to do something else but he and i both still enjoy it

    Australian shepherd agility training at home - YouTube

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    Great Video

    It looks like he's pretty obedient... and gorgeous

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    He is doing fine. Although as a suggestion you tend to turn towards him often when you use the opposing arm to the side he is running on to indicate where he needs to go. This will check his speed. Try and use the arm he is running on and let your shoulders indicate where you are going. Turning into him should indicate a turn or check of speed.

    He might do fine in competitions. I only train my dogs for max about 5 minutes each, usually in minute bursts with playing in between. If I trained them solidly for 10 minutes at a time they would be over it too. They do fine in competition and I think yours would too, if you wanted to. Just doing it at home for fun is good too.
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    Thanks , but as i said i am only doing it for fun so i havent bothered with the foundational stuff. When i first got him i was going to join an agility club with him but he started getting aggressive, so i stopped that idea. The next dog i get (probably a long while away) will be a Kelpie (they've generally got more drive) and i will compete in agility with that dog

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    Well done Maddogdodge.

    If you want to keep it interesting and up the challenge, try changing the directions a bit - ie if you go around with dog on the left - also practice going around with dog on the right. You might want to peg some of the obstacles down if you want him to go round faster (eg the weaves). And for stuff like dog walk, scramble, table and see saw - you can organise some "foot targeting" eg have a mat or plank he has to step on with his front feet and a cushion he has to sit on for a few seconds.

    The jumps look a little high to me. Frosty jumps a max of 50cm high jumps, and most Aussie shepherds are also "500" dogs. The max height we have in the ANKC comps is 60cm high for jumps. And it's important (in competition agility) that the jumps fall down if the dog connects with them. I think that's something to do with dog safety but not sure - a bit like the high jump bar or hurdles fall down if a human athlete bumps them - tho at school I used to dread landing on the high jump bar - cos that hurt.

    I also have a pool noodle over a long spike that I use to practice turns with Frosty.

    You can also practice with two jumps and getting your dog to do figure 8s over both of them - which means he would have to work with you pointing with your left hand, and with your right hand as he comes back around.

    And since you have a nice tunnel there - you can practice lefts and rights eg put a jump to the left of the tunnel exit and another to the right, and as he goes through the tunnel - call left - and reward if he goes to the left jump... (repeat 5 times) then next day, try "straight" (5 times) then next day try "right" (5 times).

    What I call "foundation" are things like a dog that will stay (on the start line) until you say - no matter what. Which is a fun game all by itself. And tug, and retrieve toy to tug, and maybe a bit of perch work - ie will he put his paws onto a platform like a phone book wrapped in a towel... Frosty - tugs sometimes. Likes to do victory laps with the toys instead of fetching them for games of tug etc. So we've got some holes in our foundation.
    Main thing is you're both having fun.

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