I've decided I want to do agility with one of my dogs - Rebel. He's nearly 3 years old, very VERY athletic and full of energy. I've never seen a dog jump so high in my life! He's also very intelligent and gets bored with regular tricks, plus when I plan on breeding border collies seriously in the future I want to focus on agility so I'd like to learn early on rather than later (as well as using him as my foundation stud if possible).
I didn't have plans to do any agility or anything with him when he was a pup, and I know that's when the best time to start them is, but I still plan on going ahead with light agility since he's not old, nor even approaching middle age.
Would the best way to start training him just be to build temporary agility course in the back yard? The local fenced dog parks have some agility courses so obviously that would be a good place to start, and he's also shy around other dogs, so might double as a confidence booster. I would like to do some light competitions with him - like I said, nothing too serious but still minor showing.
This would be my first time trying showing of any sort - has anyone got any tips for training him and helping him build tone? I take him to forests and other areas where he has to negotiate steep terrain, large boulders and logs - he's gotten quite good at it so would it help if I kept that up? Would it help to reinforce in his mind that agility = fun? I want him to enjoy both the mental and physical challenge.