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AGILITY CLASSES

Well - here we go!!! Maddiesmom and I are starting agility classes tonite with Maddie and Austin!!!! Poor Ollie has to stay home!!! (austin to ollie!)

Seems like the "good boy" is the one who gets left behind!!! Ollie would do fine in them but Austin will do GREAT (I hope)................and a bigger problem is that Autin would YIPE the entire time I would be with Ollie in the ring - so as I said - the squeeky wheel gets all the attention!!

The instructions say to bring his fav toy!! That is sort of hard - when his fav toy is Ollie!!!

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Well - here we go!!! Maddiesmom and I are starting agility classes tonite with Maddie and Austin!!!! Poor Ollie has to stay home!!! (austin to ollie!)

Seems like the "good boy" is the one who gets left behind!!! Ollie would do fine in them but Austin will do GREAT (I hope)................and a bigger problem is that Autin would YIPE the entire time I would be with Ollie in the ring - so as I said - the squeeky wheel gets all the attention!!

The instructions say to bring his fav toy!! That is sort of hard - when his fav toy is Ollie!!!
Boy you two are brave!! Have fun.
I thought about it but never did. Good luck! Keep us informed.
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PS-Hey maybe you could give lessons at our next playdate!

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I remember this was mentioned at the play date. It sounds like great fun! Good luck to Austin and Maddie. Are you taking someone with you who can take pictures??

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If you were taking Ollie, his favorite toy would already be there (Maddie!).
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You aren't kidding!!!

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Oh fun! After they have been there a couple of weeks, I would love to come watch. I was glad to hear that there are agility classes closer now. The only one I knew of previously was down in Santa Clara or San Jose.
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That is great that you are jumping in and taking a class and it is even better you have another havanese there to take it with you! You don't have to set so many jump heights that way!

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Oh yea more agility havs. I started with Riley about a month ago and love it. Boy-O-Boy Amanda we are probably going to be bothering you more & more with questions.
I'll be interested in how you guys start, my trainer has us doing more control work than equipment right now. We have done some equipment but everything is slow introduction so the dogs do not get scared in any way. I am happy about this but have heard other classes just start right away on every piece of equipment. My school has 6 different level of classes you can take and the trainer will pass you on to the next level when they feel you are ready.
Hope you guys have a great time and I look forward to hearing all about it.

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Yes, please let us know all about the class. Iam looking for a class now in my area.
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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!

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