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Old 04-13-2013, 02:28 PM
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Default Best agility foundation resources

What are your favorites? Starting to try to stock up before puppy comes next year.

I've got Silvia Trkman's foundations DVD and Agility Right From the Start so far.

what about equipment? I'm still not going to have room for a full yard but right now I have 6 weaves and 3 jumps. I think next purchase will be a tunnel.

I really want to start off agility well with Nextdog.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:55 PM
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I remember really liking Deb Jones and Judy Keller's rather small book - In focus - developing a working relationship with your performance dog.
They also have a puppy foundation book which I haven't looked at yet.

I loved Susan Salo's puppy jumping and jumping foundations.

Susan Garrett's Crate Games is something that I use all the time. I know it's not exactly agility foundations (but it kinda is, if you know what I mean).

For equipment - I only had a box for rear-end awareness and a home made wobble board for ages, but we had a lot of fun (and still get them out to play with sometimes!)
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:58 PM
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Oh yeah I have crate games too. I forgot about that one.

I've heard good things about puppy jumping. I'll have to put that on the list.
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I'd also suggest ST's Ready Steady Go, which is sort of an agility foundation DVD too. And taking her online classes could be a great resource (Puppy and Foundations) And especially if you get a PyrShep

Equipment wise, you can teach a lot of what you need for agility at home with a plank, a tunnel and some jumps.
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I've decided I need more money. Hahaha. That's going to be the biggest factor. All the money goes to agility stuff.

I was planning on Silvia's puppy/tricks class. I think that could be a good investment.

I'm kind of running into an issue in that I had always anticipated taking the puppy through quite a few of Sandy's puppy and beginner's classes since she did a lot of positive reinforcement and her puppy class was made by Kristen (I dunno if you know here) to lead into agility work. But now that Sandy passed away, I have no puppy classes. We do some puppy classes here but they're infrequent. Or I could probably start the pre-agility classes early on and just repeat that a few times before moving on. Mostly for socialization's sake. I figure especially if I get a pyrshep I'll need some classes pretty right off the bat.

Which tunnels do you guys like? Affordable agility has some 9' $80 ones. But I can't tell how sturdy they are or if they bend from the pictures. Do you NEED a competition sized one? I want something that will last a few dogs and it is highly likely that I will have a larger (belgian-y size) dog eventually. Something that curves well would be nice.
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I vote for the on line courses of Recallers and the puppy classes/tricks, then Foundations of Trkman's. For a tunnel, a good choice would be a 6 " pitch, 10-15 ft, ligher and easier to store/move, durable but cheaper than the 4 pitch, 20 footers. A good tunnel is an investment and will last for at least 10 + years if cared for.
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I don't know what you use for a handling system, but I've used Mecklenburg's Developing Handling Skills and Developing Jumping Skills in addition to ARFS.
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Yeah I really like Mecklenburg's stuff for foundation jump and handling training, but her stuff is geared more toward medium/large dogs. To a certain extent, the very small dogs pretty much run in extension all the time, so while the information is still good it may not be quite as pertinent for your current dogs -- as for the future, that depends on what future dog is... .
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Yeah it'd probably help if I knew for sure what Nextdog is. :/ Bigger than the papillons probably doesn't help much, lol.
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Personally I didn't find Agility Right From The Start to be any kind of treasure trove of information... it was more "let's collect a bunch of stuff from everybody else and put it in one big book." Handy for somebody who hasn't been around for a while/has never heard the name "Greg Derrett" - not so much for somebody who's been doing agility for a while.

I'm still working my way through Trkman's foundations DVD, there's sooo much information. I watch it, then watch again to take notes... I've only gotten through an hour of note taking.

So far my favourite other foundations DVD has been Q-Me by Dave Munnings. I also have Greg Derrett's foundations DVD, I'm still watching through that too (we watched Q-Me first.) Lots of stuff I already knew but I am picking up an exercise or two from Derrett's DVD that are handy. I also have this:
http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...&ParentCat=175

SIX DVDs... I've only watched two. Of the two I've watched it's again stuff I knew but with some cool new exercises in there and LOTS of troubleshooting, because it's actually video of a seminar, so you see a variety of dogs with a few different challenges and how to work through them. The troubleshooting is by far the best part for me.

I also have Susan Garrett's Success with One Jump DVD, again I've actually only ever watched the first because there's SO much information on it I keep just going over and over that one and have ever moved on to the second LOL. I should do that... maybe I'll have an agility DVD watching night...


My first tunnel came from a place that no longer manufacturers them (bummer!) I just bought a second tunnel earlier this year from an NTI Global megasale. I went ahead and bought a 15' with AKC regulation pitch because the difference was only something like $15 for one with a non-regulation pitch... it was really important to me to have tunnels that look and feel to the dog like the ones I would find at trials so I'm not sure if the AffordableAgility ones are a good idea or if I would just save until I could buy a more regulation-type tunnel.
I think my first tunnel is only a 12'. Both cost me about $200 each. I am so glad I have two tunnels now instead of just one, but my first tunnel I bought five years ago - buying two at the same time would be a bit much for me!

I have ten jumps, a tire jump, a triple-jump, a set of 12 stick-in-the-ground weave poles, a set of 2x2s, a set of weave-a-matics, and a very janky set of six weaves I built for Auggie a loooooong time ago. Also a table and mini a-frame, and now that I am blessed with a large yard, I'm working on a teeter and either a mini or full-sized dog walk (haven't decided yet.) I would say just for necessities, at least one tunnel, five jumps, and a set of twelve poles. My equipment has grown over the years as I've found it necessary to buy a few things to work on trouble spots with Auggie, but I would say those would be the bare minimum that would let you work on just about everything. I mean, regular jumps can be place together to simulate a triple jump!
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