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LeighLovesLongears 12-08-2012 03:07 PM

Anyone do agility?
I am interested in starting agility. I just don't have a dog to do it with it yet but I am looking for one. I have no idea where to start (except with getting a partner to compete with!). There is no set breed that I'm looking at because I don't care if my dog is a purebred or who knows what all could have been thrown into the mix. So does anyone else do agility? How did you get started? How did you know that your dog would enjoy it? What did you look for in your dog? What about an agility class? Please feel free to tell me anything you want! Oh, you can share pictures to (if you want of course :wink:)!

live to ride 12-08-2012 06:51 PM

I do agility just for fun. I thought my dog might be good at it, he's a 7 year old bichon/poodle. We just got a puppy, who im going to do agility with when he is older.

LeighLovesLongears 12-09-2012 12:17 AM

I want to do agility for fun, just doing a few agility shows around here. I don't want to get to serious with because it should be fun.

ReiningCrazy 12-11-2012 10:51 AM

I have started to train my Border Collie in Agility. We work with a local trainer who competes in many different dog events. Most active breed dogs enjoy it, nothing better for my dog then running around jumping and trying to out run his mom. I know people tend to start dogs early in agility but I let my boy grow he is now three and we will get into serious training.

If I was to get another dog to do agility with I most likely would get an Aussie, they are more calm and laid back compaired to a Border Collie.

LeighLovesLongears 12-11-2012 07:08 PM

I've thought about an Aussie as well. Mostly I've been looking at shelter dogs because I really want to adopt a dog to give them a second chance. Back to searching I go!

LoveStory10 12-12-2012 04:03 AM

I do agility, with my shetland sheepdog, and papillon. They love it, and my pap is brilliant. I train with several other handlers, and we have our own club. I can post pictures if anyone is interested. I researched my breeds, and saw that they are great agility dogs, so I started taking agility classes along with obedience. :)

LeighLovesLongears 12-12-2012 04:36 PM

I have always wanted a papillon!! They are so cute and have all the attitude. Please share pictures with us! Shelties are adorable too and everytime I see one I just want to hug them they like are a teddy bear. Most of the breeds I've looked are in the herding and sporting group because they do have the energy and wanting to have a job to do attitude.

LoveStory10 12-13-2012 04:35 AM

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LeighLovesLongears 12-13-2012 10:15 PM

Ok so I really want to steal your Sheltie! And your pap is to cute and has the 'I'm the best at this' face. What is the hardest obstacle that a dog has to learn? How hard is it for the dog to get the weave poles?

LoveStory10 12-14-2012 03:50 AM

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Thank you! Ambers a total madam lol. And Ross is a total love.

There are only 7 obstacles that we use - weave poles, the tunnel, jumps, the dog walk, the A Frame, the see - saw, and the tire jump.

Amber in the weaves:
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Dazzy going for the tunnel:
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Layla jumping:
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Sadie on the dog walk:
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Milo on the A Frame:
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Ice on the see - saw:
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And Shilo going through the tire jump:
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There isn't really one "hard" obstacle, as they all have their own challenges for the dogs. I would say the see - saw is the hardest to teach them, as it's very frightening and it takes a while for the dog to build up confidence to run up it and prepare for the tip in time.

The weave poles aren't very hard, but they take patience, and all it is is pure practise. I weave my dog everyday for 10 minutes, and even now, after weaving properly for 8 months, she still messes up every now and then. So all it is, is practise. :)

As you can see, we have a wide variety of breeds and sizes. ANY dog can do it if they are capable and enjoy it.

Please keep asking me things :) I LOVE agility and I love sharing what I know.

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