Join Date: Nov 2006
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Well our training club used to begin with the first class as just introduction of the obstacles. You had to test in and your dog had to come when called, follow you without a leash in a row of dogs, and do some other things. A lot of dogs passed level one and then they were stuck in level two for awhile. Dora passed all the first few levels and was stuck in level 3 on the weave poles.
So now they require a pre agility class which is more about sending dogs around things, handling skills, etc. They introduce the dog to contacts and weave poles since those are usually the hardest for dogs. Most dogs have tunnel vision and it is hard to get them away from the tunnel so don't feel like you are going to be behind because they get it really quick!
I have learned that a lot of what my instructor's tell me doesn't really apply to me, I don't have to do huge lead outs, because I can run with Dora and she does better. Also she is a toy dog who has obedience background so she prefers to run with me and prefers to run on my left side. I am training so she doesn't do this but it just means I need to know my dog's weaknesses!
One of the things this weekend that surprised me was dogs competing who really weren't ready and couldn't do weave poles. There were even a few dogs who just ran around the ring like crazy. Some of them were in open which means they already have agility titles!
Just wait, after my first trial, I am already addicted! Everytime I go to one of those events, I come home wanting a border collie and need to remind myself, you have to deal with that energy during the weekday too!