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Agility anyone?

Just wondering of anyone does agility with their hav? One of the reasons. I chose a hav is because they are supposed to love doing tricks and can be easily trainable. I'm thinking of signing my pup up for agility when it's time. What's a good age to start?
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Karen? You'll know this one. I, too, am considering at least discovering whether agility is something either Cuba or I might enjoy and possibly be good at. My understanding is that you shouldn't attempt anything before the dog is a year to fifteen months old - their bones need time to grow and strengthen, but Karen Randall is the one on this forum who has most experience, with Kodi, on this subject, I think??
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Emmie hasn't competed yet but we started Agility training 6 months ago, when she was 19 months old and she's a natural. She's not afraid of the equipment (e.g. tunnel, chute, teeter-totter, A-frame, dog walk, table, tire jump, weave poles, etc.) and is picking everything up really well; we go to class 2 days a week. In order to be successful, you need STRONG obedience and off-leash skills so I recommend focusing on that until your puppy is old enough to jump and use the contact equipment. Taking a series of Competition Obedience classes really prepares you for Agility.

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Emmie hasn't competed yet but we started Agility training 6 months ago, when she was 19 months old and she's a natural. She's not afraid of the equipment (e.g. tunnel, chute, teeter-totter, A-frame, dog walk, table, tire jump, weave poles, etc.) and is picking everything up really well; we go to class 2 days a week. In order to be successful, you need STRONG obedience and off-leash skills so I recommend focusing on that until your puppy is old enough to jump and use the contact equipment. Taking a series of Competition Obedience classes really prepares you for Agility.

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Really good advice, Jeanne.
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Emmie hasn't competed yet but we started Agility training 6 months ago, when she was 19 months old and she's a natural. She's not afraid of the equipment (e.g. tunnel, chute, teeter-totter, A-frame, dog walk, table, tire jump, weave poles, etc.) and is picking everything up really well; we go to class 2 days a week. In order to be successful, you need STRONG obedience and off-leash skills so I recommend focusing on that until your puppy is old enough to jump and use the contact equipment. Taking a series of Competition Obedience classes really prepares you for Agility.

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I agree. Super advice. And yes, puppies should not start agility proper until they are fully adult. For small dogs, one year is usually safe. For large breed dogs, people usually don't start them until at least 18 months. Medium dogs, some where in the middle.

There ARE pre-agility things you can do, like body awareness exercises, but you want to avoid jumping or any weaves or any work on contact obstacles where there is any chance that the puppy could fall off.

You can do "jump bumps" (like swim noodles) on the ground, wobble boards (preparation for the teeter) or walking though a ladder placed on the ground to learn where their hind feet are. But, as Jeanne said, if you are serious about agility, the BEST start you can give your pup is a solid obedience foundation during their first year.

And yes, there are a few of us who compete in dog sports on the forum. Kodi does agility, obedience and rally… two venues of each. All those letters after his name are his titles.


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