I want to start doing agility with my dog...?

Want to Buy a Dog I want to start doing agility with my dog...?, Does anyone have any tips or names of books I can read. She is a 2 year old APBT, we go to the park often but I want to give ...


  #1  
19-01-09, 00:56
  I want to start doing agility with my dog...?
Does anyone have any tips or names of books I can read. She is a 2 year old APBT, we go to the park often but I want to give her more stimulation. Thanks in advance!


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13-02-09, 22:51
 
If you are serious about doing agility with your dog, then you simply must find classes somewhere. As others have said, you can search at the cleanrun site.

I also highly recommend while on the site, to search the calendar of events and find trials in your area to go and watch.

Agility is a very complex sport. The "training" applies much more to the human than the dog for success!

There are rules to "how" some of the agility equipment must be performed by the dog, to be correctly done. There are "training methods" in training your dog the easiest way, and variations that might suit one dog better than another. An experienced agility trainer will know these. Also, an experienced trainer will enlighten you as to YOUR job correctly guiding your dog (handling).

There is a very, very different philosophy in training agility. It isn't really "telling the dog what to do", it's showing the dog what great fun he can have racing with you through a course.

It's hard to train for something when you do not know what it is you trying to aim for.

There are many books out there, many training DVDs, but agility is very,very difficult to train from these. You really need an experienced human in real life to show you.

Agility is great, great fun! Good exercise, and develops an incredible bond between you and your dog.
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18-03-09, 21:52
 
Look on www.cleanrun.com to see if there are any training clubs in your area. You really need to take classes/lessons if you want to be successful in agility. The equipment is very expensive and you don't want to have to buy all that stuff when you just start out! (It isn't until people get really hooked that they go nuts on equipment!) :-)

There are LOTS of good books and videos on agility training. Again, the Clean Run website will have those as well.

Some things you can do on your own before you go to agility class is to train a very reliable recall, work on "sit", "down" and "stay", but getting her to come to you when she's distracted is really the most important.

Agility is the most possible fun that you can have with your dog. Good luck!
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19-03-09, 07:39
 
1. There are a couple of good intro books out: Laurie Leach, Margaret Bonham and the best is by Joe and Ali Canova. However, I'll offer this caveat--learning canine agility by book is like learning to dance or do martial arts by book. Books are a good addition but NOTHING beats taking an intro class. Seriously, go with a class first.

2. The Clean Run website will list clubs but even CR admits the list is badly out of date. The best way to find classes and instructors is to go to: www.agilityevents.net and find an agility trial near you. Then go and ask handlers where they take classes or who they'd recommend.

3. Recommendations/Tips:
--get clicker savvy. I owned and trained 15 dogs without using a clicker. I used a clicker on #16. I have no idea how anyone could train a dog to do agility without using a clicker. It's how dolphin and orca trainers work at SeaWorld.
--take a beginner agility class. There are a ton of mistakes that novices make (late cues, confusing cues) and a class will help you spot those and prevent you from turning your dog off to agility.
--get the obedience down. You'll need a rock solid down-stay, sit-stay, heel and recall.
--agility isn't about doing the obstacles. What tires the dog out (and they get pooped) isn't the run. It's the mental work and focus. A dog will do two 40 second agility runs in one day and be pooped afterwards because of the stimulation and mental focus. Agility is about teamwork and mental challenges to a dog. Any dog can jump over obstacles and that really isn't that much of a workout for a dog. So don't view agility as about tiring your dog out by having her jump over stuff. It's about working as a team and teaching each other how to communicate to each other and learning her well enough to plan smart lines/tactics.
--start working with her on tricks. Most tricks are good agility warmups. Plus, you learn how your dog learns, and your dog's focus on you improves. Teach a new trick each week. For instance, I've my agility dog to jump into my arms at the command "arms." He weaves between my legs. He crawls. He walks backwards. He shakes hands, he waves, he can distinguish between left and right. Most of this is useful on an agility course (except for the waves and hand shakes).
--Keep training short. Train high intensity at high speed. Don't give her time to get distracted. Don't teach her to pace herself.
--Always keep agility fun, reward ALOT and always end with a success (so she sees the sport as fun and wants to come back for more).

4. Initial equipment to get? Go to Afffordableagility and get their "agility in a bag." Then by a board (about 2"x12"x 12' but it can be shorter than 12 feet). That's all you need as a beginner. You use the board to work on contacts. The "agility in a bag" gives you jumps, a decent chute and 6 weave poles. You can easily make more jumps and weaves and a teeter base (for your board) out of PVC.
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24-03-09, 01:40
 
The training facility where we do home obedience also offers dogs sports such as agility, fly ball and rally. After Lacie had aced her home obedience; we started her in agility. It's great to take at least the first class that shows you the basics, and teaches you how to practice agility safely with your dog. In our classes they also showed us easy and affordable ways to make our own agility equipment. I highly recommend classes. Hope you and The Riz have fun
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