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Old 11-08-2013, 10:22 AM
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Watson and I had our first agility class ever last night and it went really well. He was more engaged than I've seen him lately, with a minimum of sniffing and being distracted by other dogs. It went far better than I expected based on his recent obedience classes. And as always, he was extremely enthusiastic.

I'm really excited to try something new and I've had a good time reading some of the recent posts in this thread. I grew up jumping horses and a lot of the things I liked about that seem to apply equally to agility (except hands off).
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:34 AM
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I'm starting my boy similar to how I started Mimi, though he's working it out at a different pace. He's learning how to learn. How to offer up behaviors and think for himself. We've started target training (to potentially use for training contacts down the road), sit/down/stay and release words (for startline), and recall to hand for eventual handling use. We've done some work with jump stanchions without poles, turning on the flat and stood on a low board last night for the first time. I'm with you though.. I don't want to 'break' or ruin them due to MY inexperience!
I'm more worried about breaking her physically while she's still quite large! Hah. I definitely haven't done enough target work though!
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I grew up jumping horses and a lot of the things I liked about that seem to apply equally to agility (except hands off).
I've found riding has helped me a TON with agility. One comment my instructor made was that I had very good spatial awareness in terms of the obstacles, and did I ride? Definitely interested in hearing more as you progress! Glad to have another agility newbie here with me.
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I'm more worried about breaking her physically while she's still quite large! Hah. I definitely haven't done enough target work though!
Wobble board?
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:03 AM
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I've found riding has helped me a TON with agility. One comment my instructor made was that I had very good spatial awareness in terms of the obstacles, and did I ride? Definitely interested in hearing more as you progress! Glad to have another agility newbie here with me.
That's good to hear! I figure stuff like correct jumping form, direction between obstacles, and planning how to run a course are very similar.

Watson just likes it because he gets to move. The boy is sick of sitting still in classes. Haha.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:06 AM
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I'm more worried about breaking her physically while she's still quite large! Hah. I definitely haven't done enough target work though!
How about working on her forward drive? Target work is one way, also using a tunnel and getting her to drive forward and away from you to a tunnel - can do the same thing with jump standards with no bar set. Tunnel work in general at this point could be done.
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I have a list in my mind of the foundation things I can teach Gabby without being afraid I'll break her or teach her things I'll have to modify later but... does anyone else have ideas?!

I'm going to start 2x2s, teach her about jump standards, and start working front and rear crosses on the flat. I don't want to do anything with quick turning or actual jumping.
You can start teaching whatever contact behavior you want with a flat board. Recalls, start line stays, low gentle wobble boards, hind end awareness (cavalettis, pivots, backing up).

Any place with a good list of young puppy foundation games would be perfect since they are designed to be gentle on growing bodies

Yay for Gabby!
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If there is one thing that agility with Siri has taught me, it's that frustration gets you nowhere. And that having training friends close in invaluable. I swear every time I run into a training snag *ahem*allthetime*ahem* I ask Megan to come downstairs and watch. And she fixes my issues like...immediately.

Also, Siri constantly teaches me that I'm not as good of a trainer as I thought I was. Color me humbled.
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Also, Siri constantly teaches me that I'm not as good of a trainer as I thought I was. Color me humbled.
That's what dogs are for. To humble us. And to occasionally surprise us.

Every time I think Gabby's "sit" cue is well understood, she proves me wrong. I should be able to teach a dog to sit! :P

Also, we really need to go to a space to actually train one of these days, like for real...
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You can start teaching whatever contact behavior you want with a flat board. Recalls, start line stays, low gentle wobble boards, hind end awareness (cavalettis, pivots, backing up).

Any place with a good list of young puppy foundation games would be perfect since they are designed to be gentle on growing bodies

Yay for Gabby!
I kind of just hit myself on the head for not looking at ALL THE PUPPY foundations stuff I have access to. Derp. I blame it on the lack of sleep this week.
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