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Old 03-19-2014, 09:03 PM
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I'm just wondering what the average amount of time it's taken people to train a dog to be able to Q in Novice level. I realize different dogs will take different amounts of time just based on how they learn... but I really just want a very general idea.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:04 PM
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About a year of training. I started training foundations with Izzie when she was 2 in august of 2010 and then her first trial was august of 2011. She Q'd her first run, a starters jumpers run.
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We started with puppy foundations when Kimma was about 6 months old. We didn't start competing until she was 2 years 10 months old. In between there was an 8 month hiatus while we worked heavily on recall and moved from TX to PA, so we therefore didn't really do much actual agility/equipment training. She got in to the Masters level in both Jumpers and Standard within a year and 3 months on a very limited trialing schedule, so we've been pretty successful I'd say.
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Marvel was in class for a little less than a year. He wasn't our first agility dog and he was already competing in flyball so I'm not sure if that helped.

He went 3 for 3 for his NAJ and 4 for 3 for his NA.

Pete was about a year but his Q rate was much lower - plus he got meningitis and kept relapsing. He probably Q'd 65% of the time?
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Well not counting the training we did when Summer was young.... I started her in May and we competed in June the next year.
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So it seems the overall average here is a year? That's what I was figuring, but wanted to make sure I was right.

Once you guys got the foundation of handling and the obstacles... Did you find the training got a lot easier/faster?
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I think it took us about 18 months between starting training and doing a comp. I think we Qd in jumpers and snooker in our first time out, but after that Qs were few and far between.

I have friends who've rocketed up to Masters with their off-breed dogs in less than a year (pugs? havanese???) and I'm a little jealous.

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Once you guys got the foundation of handling and the obstacles... Did you find the training got a lot easier/faster?
Lol no.

I think once you get the basics down you realize just how much else there is to learn. I guess it depends on your definition of easy/fast, but once I got to a certain level progress kind of plateaued and any improvements were small. All I can say is don't rush your foundations!
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I took two foundation classes with Mimi January-March last year and didn't do anything again until October when I moved and switched clubs. Our first trial is in three weeks..
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From what I remember, Cobain was less than a year from first agility class to trial.
We were pushed by our trainer though. "Oh he's so good we'll bump you up to competition level instead of making you take advanced"
How foolish I was.

Sure, he's great. But me? I could have definitely used the work.

Either way, first trial he got a starter jumper q. Next q didn't come until 2010. However, I don't remember if it was because we didn't trial or if we did and just weren't getting q's. (There was a TON of ridiculous drama that pushed me out of the sport for a little while unfortunately which is why I don't exactly remember).
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One trainer I talked to estimates 1-2 years.

With Summer we kind of cheated since she'd had agility off and on since she was 5ish but had no foundations till she was 8. The first two trainers were pretty bad and we only did a few months with each. I also have rushed to get her in the ring since she's so old. I don't have the time to wait.
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