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Old 01-20-2013, 02:59 PM
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Question 2o-2o Vs Running contacts, effect on structure?

This came up in a Beauceron group, and I'm really lost on what to do. When I started training Enda in agility, I looked generally from a training standpoint on both contact methods, and decided that for pure reliability I would go 2o-2o, seems like a good idea? At one of our classes last fall, when we were doing a course run at the end of class Enda did a very nice "running contact" on the a-frame and the trainer said to us how nice that looked but "I'm sure you want to instead do 2o-2o don't you" in the form of a statement more than a question. Well, at the time of coarse I agreed and we practiced the rest of our classes a lot with the a-frame and other contacts with 2o-2o.

Fast forward, no classes for miss special time of the year, and a discussion on the Beauceron group comes up about doing agility with the breed, and preference by some for lower jump heights because of their larger/heavier structure than the sleeker Border collies, and that's when another member cut in with her own experience, her first agility dog was ruined instead by the pounding impact created from 2o-2o on the a-frame, the dog literally slammed to the ground and repeatedly doing it broke down her shoulders.

I never thought of that! But, it makes sense, the more I look at it the more I see it! So, now I'm really questioning where to go from here. We don't go back to agility till she's "out", until then I would really like peoples opinions here. I put this in health, because I want to know about the vs of the two techniques from a health standpoint, and what you all know, vs the use of either method on coarse as I'm sure you've discussed it before.

Thoughts? Opinions? Why? Help me choose?

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