Which I am ridiculously pleased about as we have only done 3 classes at this stage due to illness etc But apparently my changes are good and dog has good command recognition Massive surprise as we are rubbish at obedience and I can see us in the beginner class for FOREVER
I think I am a bit dyspraxic moosemama and I don't mean that flippant, I can't do aerobics etc. I can dance drunkenly to music, swim,and run. But I think that's motor iykwim Have you tried it? And thanks lol
I have tried it - many moons ago with my SCWT girl. We had fun, but I don't think we'd ever win any prizes!
I have joint hypermobility syndrome and we also have dyspraxia and similar issues in the family, so lets just say running fast, cornering and giving hand-signals at the same time - not exactly my strength.
We did do heelwork to music though and we both loved it - don't think 28" lanky Lurchers are built for it really though, so won't be doing that again for a good long while.
I was told we needed better obedience before trying agility! Do the two not go together then? Mine isnt quite old enough yet, but we have done some small jumps and tunnels at obedience and she loved it..... She is actually not bad at all at obedience I dont think, she just can get a little, erm, distracted!
I was told my scwt could have excelled at obedience, agility or htm - she really was a dog in a million. Unfortunately for her, she had a cack-handed owner that was ring-shy, so never got the chance. Still, we had lots of fun practising (sp?) and in retrospect I'm glad we kept it all for fun, rather than making it competitive.
I think basic obedience, rather than formal, is what's required for agility. So you don't need a perfectly executed left and right hand turn or finish, for example, but you do need a dog that has a strong bond with you and responds immediately to your instruction, both verbal and hand-signals.
She does apparently have Avery strong bond with me Funny how you don't see it yourself ! The trainer Saud I started randomly saying a different prompt word and dog was looking at me as if to say WHAT? Say something I understand
I think Im thinking more general obedience then, rather than perhaps more formal? We only do "fun" obedience in an attempt to have a nicely trained dog No awards, just local classes. Currently doing "fun" gundog training to gain a bit more discipline
Not sure what mine is, but think there is flatcoat in there somewhere.
I found formal obedience far too dry and boring. It's no wonder they don't want to do a stay, when they have to complete the rest of the course to get their reward. With agility, the reward is getting to do the rest of the course. Far more fun all round.
I always thought it is simpler to get some obedience training in (not formal, but teach commands and teach the dog to listen to you) before starting agility. My bitch started agility after 4 years of obedience (formal and fun with clicker) and just got moved to the second group during the first lesson - there was so much she knew already like hand targeting for weaving, jump command for any obstacle, wait, foot targeting for the red zones, slow and fast commands, etc.