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First Agility Class

Well we are just home from our first agility class and it wasn't horrible. Ollie had to first get over his interest in the other dogs in the other groups running and jumping. He found them way more interesting that what I was doing. He eventually turned his attention to me and he loved the jumping, was able to go through the tunnel with some coaxing, did great on the table and did the wait nicely and with quite a bit of direction walked on the board. He seemed to really enjoy it as he was doing a lot of bouncing and tail wagging. He looked very happy with himself. I really enjoyed it too, so I will call night one a success.







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Well we are just home from our first agility class and it wasn't horrible. Ollie had to first get over his interest in the other dogs in the other groups running and jumping. He found them way more interesting that what I was doing. He eventually turned his attention to me and he loved the jumping, was able to go through the tunnel with some coaxing, did great on the table and did the wait nicely and with quite a bit of direction walked on the board. He seemed to really enjoy it as he was doing a lot of bouncing and tail wagging. He looked very happy with himself. I really enjoyed it too, so I will call night one a success.
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Sounds like he did great for his first class!
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I'm excited for you and Ollie! It sounds like a first-night success to me.

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Thanks everyone. I agree with you Karen. Ollie did better than me in learning his part. The technique will definitely be a work in progress. Getting it right with the leash at this stage was the most difficult. Knowing when to give him a loose leash and then tightening up on other areas to help him navigate certain obstacles. Remembering to give commands and use your hand direction at this stage feels like a lot to remember all at once. I was really happy that he didn't show any nervousness or fear about any of the equipment he was introduced to, although he has many more pieces to get to know, so far not bad. He went through the tunnel great when it was short. Not as much when it was lengthened, but when he saw me at the end of the tunnel he ran right through. I'm sure he will catch on soon enough.








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Great job. It sounds like Ollie had a fun time learning. I have a friend who teaches foundation agility in a six-week course for anyone interesting in beginning agility training. She will take young dogs, too, as there is no jumping involved. It sound like what you're doing with Ollie, just having him get used to the equipment.


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Yes ours is a six week course. Ollie did do little jumps last night, but they were on the very lowest setting and he loved that part. We live in a small town, so to have this right in town is a blessing, there were only 2 of us in the beginner 1 class, Ollie and a 10 month old lab. We got lots of attention and lots of practice, it was great. The beginner 2 and 3 groups were much larger. They have intermediate and up as well but they are at different times and nights.







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Thanks everyone. I agree with you Karen. Ollie did better than me in learning his part. The technique will definitely be a work in progress. Getting it right with the leash at this stage was the most difficult. Knowing when to give him a loose leash and then tightening up on other areas to help him navigate certain obstacles. Remembering to give commands and use your hand direction at this stage feels like a lot to remember all at once. I was really happy that he didn't show any nervousness or fear about any of the equipment he was introduced to, although he has many more pieces to get to know, so far not bad. He went through the tunnel great when it was short. Not as much when it was lengthened, but when he saw me at the end of the tunnel he ran right through. I'm sure he will catch on soon enough.
I'm not a fan of agility on leash. You can't really learn handling skills that way, and until the dog will stay with you and pay attention without obstacles, it's hard for them to learn much about the obstacles. Agility is an off leash sport, even at the novice level. Can you take an "attention for agility" class or something like that?


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That is interesting to hear Karen. She is insistent we use a leash at this stage and wants it to be very loose. I find the leash a pain because it does get in the way. Ollie would be quite good off leash while doing the equipment I think. Perhaps she is just feeling us out. The other dog in the class is a 10 month old lab and not well behaved at all, he would be a real problem off leash. He just wants to play, but he is bouncy and lunges at Ollie all the time. The owner, a lady, has a difficult time controlling him. That boy off leash would be a nightmare.







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That is interesting to hear Karen. She is insistent we use a leash at this stage and wants it to be very loose. I find the leash a pain because it does get in the way. Ollie would be quite good off leash while doing the equipment I think. Perhaps she is just feeling us out. The other dog in the class is a 10 month old lab and not well behaved at all, he would be a real problem off leash. He just wants to play, but he is bouncy and lunges at Ollie all the time. The owner, a lady, has a difficult time controlling him. That boy off leash would be a nightmare.
In most agility classes, only one dog works at a time. People have the choice to either keep their dogs on leash outside the ring while another dog is working, or in a crate. I have ALWAYS had Kodi in a crate at agility classes for exactly that reason. Even with dogs who are pretty well trained to stay with their owner, in the extra excitement of an agility class, you never know when a dog is going to get a case of "the zoomies". With Kodi in a crate, I know that a loose dog can never jump on him or scare him.

Sounds like the other dog isn't quite ready for this class, though!


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