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Does anyone here do agility?

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saintlyjimjams Sat 22-Feb-14 13:24:02

First lesson this week and I'm wondering what to expect.

Also wondering what to wear - the website says sturdy shoes because it's in a riding school so I was thinking of wearing my chunky riding boots? (Ankle high - look like walking boots but are more flexible & lighter).

basildonbond Sat 22-Feb-14 14:20:59

No idea I'm afraid but v jealous! Dd would love to do agility with dpup when he's old enough but there are no classes anywhere near us

Let us know how you get on

saintlyjimjams Sat 22-Feb-14 19:39:41

Will do!

Gooner123 Sat 22-Feb-14 20:14:11

I've done a few agility classes,found it a bit boring as there was a lot of waiting around in between our turn,so long as you can run/ jog in your boots they'll be fine,hope you & your dog enjoy it.
I will prob.find a new class & try again as my hound liked it.

saintlyjimjams Sat 22-Feb-14 21:08:07

Oh we're having a 1:1. Saintlydog isn't very saintly - gets a bit excited so I suspect it will be combined with obedience as well (I have warned the trainer!). They do flyball as well which I can also imagine him loving... Fingers crossed!

MissBeehiving Sat 22-Feb-14 22:18:02

Agility really helps with obedience. Make sure you take some high value treats like cheese or sausage. Have fun smile

mintchocchick Sat 22-Feb-14 22:32:35

I'm hoping to do agility with my old English sheepdog though you have to be a year old. Well dog does. We practised a little at puppy class and our 6 month old puppy wimped out completely when faced with a tiny jump- he was cowering! Trainer said not to push but just to bring more tasty treats like liver cake.

I'll have to cook a batch before we start or we won't get round the course!

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 08:02:01

Yes treats out & about always a problem - he's just not remotely interested in any food treats when there's something more exciting to be done (not even things like sausage!) I usually use throwing the ball as the reinforcer when we're out.

Will rummage through the fridge & try to rustle up a menu.

PseudoBadger Sun 23-Feb-14 08:05:54

Yes I do, have done for over 10 years now smile

I would say no to anything remotely welly like, I train at an indoor riding school and we all wear trainer type shoes as running and turning are key.

Tasty treats are great, I use hotdogs, chicken, corned beef etc. Does your ball have a rope on it (so the dog can tug?)

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 08:10:32

My riding boots are ankle high & light so should be ok while I see whether he likes it. I think the first few weeks might be calming him down anyway smile

No he doesn't recognise balls with rope on as being balls grin

PseudoBadger Sun 23-Feb-14 08:18:14

They sound fine then smile Whereabouts in the country are you?

Decide whether you want to use treats or toys (or both) as rewards. Take a range of whatever you decide then you can see what will get his attention at the venue.

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 08:21:43

We're in Devon.

Will take along a dog's dream bag of treats grin

PseudoBadger Sun 23-Feb-14 08:25:03

Are you going to Devon Dogs by any chance?

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 08:27:24

No - they looked fab, but they're quite a trek from us.

PseudoBadger Sun 23-Feb-14 08:28:31

I hope you have a great time! Have you seen much agility at all? What type of dog do you have?

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 08:38:06

Not seen a lot no! He's a working line retriever who is super fast. He's not the usual retriever shape - very slim & smaller - I often get asked whether he's a setter cross by people who haven't come across working line retrievers before. Leaps over massive tree trunks & rocks & charges into waves to get his ball so I'm hoping he'll like it - also hoping it exercises his brain a bit - he's too clever really.

PseudoBadger Sun 23-Feb-14 08:44:50

He sounds perfect for agility! I love working line gun dogs, they're like different breeds to their show relatives.

PseudoBadger Sun 23-Feb-14 08:45:58

He might like a toy like this?

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 08:52:49

Oh that looks good - although he tends to ignore food when out. He likes fluffy toys though & loves to have things in his mouth. Is always walking around at home with a fluffy toy (& goes into ds3's room to steal his if he can't find his own). I might try and pick up a new fluffy tug toy before we go -he loves getting new fluffy toys as well!

Whoknowswhocares Sun 23-Feb-14 22:31:52

A toy from this page would get my vote. My goldie has the sheepskin bungee tug with ball one and LOVES it.
Something about the real skin/fur ones definitely makes them twice as exciting grin

furlinedsheepskinjacket Sun 23-Feb-14 22:35:55

good luck
we went with our lab - he didn't like it

saintlyjimjams Sun 23-Feb-14 22:52:23

Ah the place I'm going had a link to that on their website whoknows
Will report back when I've been!

Owllady Mon 24-Feb-14 10:39:28

When are you going?
As you know, we have done the junior one and are on our list but don't expect them to be interested straight away. Mine US a collie as you know and talked herself out of most stuff until she was distracted
Would do the tyre as it made a noise etc!
It's knackering! I need to get much fitter grin
I just wear normal clothes btw

Owllady Mon 24-Feb-14 10:40:57

I mean don't expect the dog to be interested straight away! The boards are fun......
Do you have a harness? I find easier t do with a harness on

saintlyjimjams Mon 24-Feb-14 11:46:44

I suspect when the trainer sees how mad maddog is she will start with obedience grin

Will report back!

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