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Your First Agility Class

Postby Tim Dyer on Fri 05 Jul, 2013 8:12 pm

A post on FB got me thinking about this. A curiosity question. What was/were the first thing(s) that were taught to you at your first agility class?
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Andrea Russ on Fri 05 Jul, 2013 8:16 pm

I can't remember that far back :cheeky:
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Morag Kelly on Fri 05 Jul, 2013 8:49 pm

It's a very long time ago, but I remember being told that I had to slow my dog down! He used to get really frustrated and bite me because I didn't give him information quick enough. :argh:
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Bill Glover on Fri 05 Jul, 2013 9:40 pm

I can't remember my first class either, but normally at least a low hurdle and a pipe tunnel.
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Keeli Wood on Fri 05 Jul, 2013 9:42 pm

One jump with the pole up at one end and on the floor the other, teaching gypsy to go over and round the wings in a little figure of eight. Then max of three jumps in straight line, on the lead and i think the tunnel as it was out, but it was squashed up so only about 3 foot long. I saw that post. V. interesting!! :shock:
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Lindsey Bailey on Fri 05 Jul, 2013 10:43 pm

I started at fun obedience club who had agility for fun so both Leela and Zeke ran a full course but on weird equipment :? But I know more now.

Rudi/Cody included target training, recalls through wings (no poles) and a straight tunnel oh and cones.

Foxys was fab there were cardboard boxes to play on, wobble boards, targets... We did recalls through wings, straight tunnel - was fab :)
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Jim Webster on Sat 06 Jul, 2013 12:38 pm

I never had an agility lesson, (the dog had) just turned up at a show and off we went.
The dog was good, could read the numbers, that's why we came away with a 3rd and a 5th.
Trainer said the following week that I should just give the dog the bus fare, as she would manage better without me. :winking:
After 3 complete years, in grade 3, finally made it to grade 4.
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Fiona Hulse on Sun 07 Jul, 2013 9:26 am

Ah yes Jim, but your Jade was exceptional. :love:
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Julie Russon on Sun 07 Jul, 2013 10:49 am

Recall through wings, jump with pole on floor and a very short tunnel
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Brenda Tenten on Sun 07 Jul, 2013 10:01 pm

My first class. I arrived with dog (rescue Weimaraner) Instuctor said 'Just watch for a bit' so we did.
The instructor said 'Do you think your dog could do that?'
My reply 'I think so'.
Instructor: 'Off you go then.'
End of instruction......
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Pam Ellwood on Mon 08 Jul, 2013 10:36 am

I can't remember what the very first thing was either but my main concern was not knocking over the jump wings with my lead as my first dog had zero recall.

Looking back I really wonder why I stuck at it.

I do remember being told that he had to hit the contact but there was no instruction as to how to achieve it - that's just the way it was in those days. Your "Hail Mary" contacts were the norm Tim.

Standards have improved so much since then.
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Deborah Yuill on Mon 08 Jul, 2013 12:47 pm

Jumps and a tunnel. My dog must have done agility in a previous reincarnation because unlike me, he seemed to know exactly what to do.

I am still trying to keep up with him 4 years later :cheeky:
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Mike Afia on Mon 08 Jul, 2013 9:00 pm

I remember what I wasn't taught- that the most important factor in agility is that the dog must enjoy doing it. For them it has to be fun. Sadly so many people forget that





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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Tim Dyer on Wed 10 Jul, 2013 1:19 am

Rather than start a new thread.....

When was the concept of "relationship" brought up in your training classes and how was that subject approached?
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Re: Your First Agility Class

Postby Mike Afia on Wed 10 Jul, 2013 1:53 pm

It never was-that was the problem .
With my beginners now it's the first thing I tell them
How many times at a show do we see dogs clearly reluctant , sniffing the ground, etc. ?
The only priority is that the dog enjoys himself, only then can the owner enjoy it as well.
My dogs love agility- the only problem is they don't care what direction they go... :roll:
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