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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-18-2020, 10:20 PM
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Thanks Karen, I understand now. Ricky has the potential to do well in agility, but I don't. I get out of breath just running to the kitchen for breakfast! Oh, and my blood oxygen level is holding steady at 95%

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They aren’t races. When you compete in agility, they record the time, since there is a maximum time for the course. You also get points toward some awards based on your seconds under course time. So the faster you can do the course (assuming you do it correctly) the better.

The dogs on this list are the fastest dogs in their breed in their height group. So Ticky would need to not only run fast but also do his agility course to play this game.

HOWEVER there is another “game” called “Fast CAT” which is a lure coursing sport open to all breeds, and sanctioned by AKC. For THAT sport, all the dog has to do is run as fast as he can, chasing a plastic bag in a straight line. That takes a lot less training, and a lot of Havis love it!
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I don't know if little dogs run it, but I always thought Perry would be good at flyball (wouldn't compete him because of his front leg though) - the way he goes after balls when I throw them...

I should shoot a video one of these days because he's funny (and a reason he wouldn't be good at flyball) because he will often chase it down, but then if it rolls, he'll stop and wait and stare at it - as if he's waiting to make sure it's not going to move again - before he pounces and brings it back to me.

Of course he also would fail because half the time when he's bringing it back, he'll stop half-way and flop down (too tired?) and stare at the ball for a little while before getting his second/ third wind and bringing it back to chase again.
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Thanks Karen, I understand now. Ricky has the potential to do well in agility, but I don't. I get out of breath just running to the kitchen for breakfast! Oh, and my blood oxygen level is holding steady at 95%

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The DOG running fast doesn’t NECESSARILY mean that the handler has to! LOL. There are some awesome videos of a couple of guys competing with each other, hanling their (Border Collie) COMPLETELY from one end of the course, pretty much standing still, and just telling the dogs which way to go. It is pretty incredible!
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I don't know if little dogs run it, but I always thought Perry would be good at flyball (wouldn't compete him because of his front leg though) - the way he goes after balls when I throw them...

I should shoot a video one of these days because he's funny (and a reason he wouldn't be good at flyball) because he will often chase it down, but then if it rolls, he'll stop and wait and stare at it - as if he's waiting to make sure it's not going to move again - before he pounces and brings it back to me.

Of course he also would fail because half the time when he's bringing it back, he'll stop half-way and flop down (too tired?) and stare at the ball for a little while before getting his second/ third wind and bringing it back to chase again.
LOL!

Actually, EVERY flyball team has one smaller dog, because the team jumps at the height of the smallest dog.

However, from my own perspective, I wouldn’t do flyball with my dogs. I have seen way too many dogs WAY over-threshold doing flyball. Kodi gets upset even going PAST a flyball practice area!!! All the dogs, even the ones waiting in their crates are SCREAMING at the top of their lungs in (over) excitement. It’s a little too chaotic for my tastes, though I know some people enjoy it. I know that some breeds (terriers in particular) do vety, very well in it. How much they “enjoy” it? I think is hard to say when dogs are THAT much over threshold.
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LOL!

Actually, EVERY flyball team has one smaller dog, because the team jumps at the height of the smallest dog.

However, from my own perspective, I wouldn’t do flyball with my dogs. I have seen way too many dogs WAY over-threshold doing flyball. Kodi gets upset even going PAST a flyball practice area!!! All the dogs, even the ones waiting in their crates are SCREAMING at the top of their lungs in (over) excitement. It’s a little too chaotic for my tastes, though I know some people enjoy it. I know that some breeds (terriers in particular) do vety, very well in it. How much they “enjoy” it? I think is hard to say when dogs are THAT much over threshold.
We've never tried it or even seen it in person, I just think about it when I'm throwing the ball across the yard and Perry is running so fast to get it
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