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Old 09-02-2013, 07:43 AM
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CONGRATS! I know Andre& Christine Thibideau (she didn't make it, apparently) and just saw the list posted. That is awesome for you!!!
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:59 AM
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I totally want to get into agility with Hudson. I guess it's time to stop saying, "Well he's a baby dog" and really look into what is available in our area. How did you guys pick instructors, clubs, etc. Or did you go about it on your own? And then what books, videos, etc did you use?
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:02 AM
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I think it's a good idea to have an instructor if you can find a good one. Find one who is competing or at least competed recently (maybe they are between dogs right now or something) so they know the current state of agility. Find one who is SUCCESSFUL at competing. And IMO this is the most important part, find one who has students who are also successful at competing.
Also make sure they train, um, nicely. No dragging dogs across equipment. No shock collars to "reinforce" contacts. No beating dogs or jerking them around or kicking them... that sort of thing.

Agility Right From the Start is a MASSIVE book but it's mostly a collection of other people's ideas, it's good for people who've never done agility before (they literally mean "from the start") but not so much for experienced people IMO. I do own it though figuring I would use it for reference at some point, but it's been ages since I opened it...

Here's some similar threads on books and DVDs:
http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252294
http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=260130
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:58 AM
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We were supposed to start Agility classes this month... but due to some equipment related issues, the class won't start until October/November. I just can't wait! But I guess I'll have to *sigh*
Meanwhile, I'l try to get that "Agility Right from the Start" book.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:01 PM
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I think it's a good idea to have an instructor if you can find a good one. Find one who is competing or at least competed recently (maybe they are between dogs right now or something) so they know the current state of agility. Find one who is SUCCESSFUL at competing. And IMO this is the most important part, find one who has students who are also successful at competing.
Also make sure they train, um, nicely. No dragging dogs across equipment. No shock collars to "reinforce" contacts. No beating dogs or jerking them around or kicking them... that sort of thing.

Agility Right From the Start is a MASSIVE book but it's mostly a collection of other people's ideas, it's good for people who've never done agility before (they literally mean "from the start") but not so much for experienced people IMO. I do own it though figuring I would use it for reference at some point, but it's been ages since I opened it...

Here's some similar threads on books and DVDs:
http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252294
http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=260130
Thanks! Are the pictures/charts/whatevers that big of a deal? I can get it for the Kindle for $10, but the reviews say that you cannot enlarge them so they are pretty useless.

Wonder if I could on a kindle app for my tablet......
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:52 PM
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Dallas trial seems to be on the same weekend as akc lure coursing nationals, which my facility is hosting.

Why is everything on the same weekend?

I also heard a rumor that a really neat national may happen here in 2015! . So excite!

And 2016 we have AKC agility nationals again in Tulsa.... I want all the shows all the time.
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Tick tock, tick, tock, tick tock.... Is it October yet????
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:04 PM
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Tick tock, tick, tock, tick tock.... Is it October yet????
Not yet ..hate to wish time away but I realllllly want my Border Collie back!
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:50 PM
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I also heard a rumor that a really neat national may happen here in 2015! . So excite!
Spill!

I seriously hope not Cynosport. I'm so bummed that it's completely not an option for us next year (3+ day drive). They still haven't brought it "east" yet as far as I'm concerned - Tennessee this year is the furthest it has come. I did Kentucky; I'd be able to do Tennessee if Gusto were ready. I have been really keeping my fingers crossed that it will be somewhere 'east' in 2015.
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Haha I am probably the only person on the forum that would be excited if that gives any idea. I hope it happens.

May have something to do with a certain... Breed of dog...

Everyone needs to come to AKC nationals in 2016.
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