Clicker Cult Coordinator
- May 17, 2006
Right now we've backed off the agility training and piled on the engagement training.
This is exactly what you need to do. Agility is fun because he gets to play *with you.* My guys love agility and especially contact equipment, but none of them, not even Auggie Loves The A-Frame More Than Life Itself, interact with the contacts when they are in the agility yard alone. The value isn't with the equipment, it's with playing the game with me. It's not the "be more exciting than everything else," it's just having value built in to your relationship so the right choice becomes the easy one.
Don't rush to trialing. If he's a healthy dog he'll have a long career to be successful. And you definitely don't want him to rehearse ignoring you in the ring nor YOU begging and pleading with him to engage with you in the ring.