I've been competing at agility for 17 years. Star is grade 5, Tayen will hopefully start competing this year. My highlight was competing with Skye at Crufts in Novice Agility in 2011 where we got a 4th place.
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Going to try and start a small club here, hope it will encourage some more owners to do some training with their dogs.
My pup and I are starting now. She is 1 year old now.
I have set up a series of small jumps outside. She has a been doing a short circuit of 3 jumps plus a turn around a couple pylons. She loves it !!! So much fun for me too.
She loves playing fetch. So her treat for a good run is we play fetch for a couple minutes. she then lays in the starting position to basically say " ok Dad, lets go again "
"A tired border collie, is a good border collie"
I do agility, but I don't compete. I do co-teach a class. I guess all my other dog training experience made me qualified, because it sure isn't because of my agility experience. BTW, I'm also ambi, so I don't know my left from my right without thinking about it either, but I can find the best way around a course.
Gotta love 'em.
it is funny, I want to start agility and I searched for agility in the netherland in my area...and I anded on this nice forum.
So we have to start yet. Looking forward to it!
wow...what a great run on the yutube film!!!!!
I have done agility with all my dogs, it was my go to sport.
Belonged to a few demo teams, but oddly enough never competed.
When I got Draco he was just under a year and wild. I thought he would be a very driven agility dog. However he was wild out on course.
I pulled him out for a year and worked hard on his excitement. As soon as he saw an agility set up he go over the top. A friend of mine who has trained and competed at a high level asked if she could run him. Her comment afterwards was "holy s@$t, he is dynamite".
I didn't like the mental state he was in, we had worked so hard on this, agility was too much. I occasionally set up a course for him and we have a blast but he cannot do agility regularly as he gets sooo worked up
There is a huge difference between drive and frantic. He was fixed really young by his previous owners, which is really obvious if you look at his confirmation. In my opinion I think he runs a risk of hurting himself.
So after accepting agility was not for this dog I entered my journey into scent detection
That's awesome that you recognised that in Draco, yes there is a big difference between drive and being flooded with stress hormones from OCD excitement. Truth be told there are probably many dogs competing in sports that are not doing them much good from that point of view. Tracking and scent work is great for such dogs and it was for my shepherd Jett.