Join Date: Nov 2006
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We play in agility-havent competed yet. Most of the training clubs around here have a pre-agility classes too. You take your dog and introduce them to many of the objects- tunnel, ladders, walks, etc. All lower height, etc. It is a great way to get started. I also highly recommend general obedience classes. Remember agility is offleash- your dog needs to stay with you and take commands. You can always tell when someone joins our agility classes without any obedience. Agility is not as much fun when you spend most of the class chasing your dog!
I would highly recommend some general obedience classes and as havlover mentioned socialization- when you run agiltiy, you take your dog to strange new places and expect them to perform!
The rule is 18 months for jumping because of joints. A lot of people recommend that you don't have the dog spayed or neutered because of the growth plates. I bought Dora on a pet contract and had her spayed early and she does agility just fine. She is 10 1/2 inches at the whithers at almost 2 now. In fact, you will quickly learn agility is more about the handler than the dog most of the time <BG>
I am pretty sure clean run has puppy agility books. I didnt start Dora with any agility until she was 18 months so we are still working on learning!