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we have been promoted at agility

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Owllady Sat 10-May-14 16:21:12

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

moosemama Sat 10-May-14 18:14:45

Well done Owllady and pooch. smile

I could never manage agility, my lack of coordination would let the dog down. blush

Owllady Sat 10-May-14 18:18:21

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

moosemama Sat 10-May-14 18:24:48

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! grin

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. blush

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. grin

Owllady Sat 10-May-14 18:28:41

Are you me? I have hypermobile joints too
As does my dd

moosemama Sat 10-May-14 19:10:18

Don't think so. grin

My ds2 and dd both have jhs as well.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 10-May-14 19:58:57

We were rubbish at obedience I apparently have a cracking agility dog.

Aked Sat 10-May-14 20:50:06

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!

moosemama Sat 10-May-14 20:52:11

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.

TooOldForGlitter Sat 10-May-14 20:52:49

Well done you and pooch! <gold star>

moosemama Sat 10-May-14 20:53:52

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.

Owllady Sat 10-May-14 20:56:03

Oh I am not competitive really, just rather surprised smile
We haven't got bronze yet at obedience, she is under 2 and a very bright rescue collie

Owllady Sat 10-May-14 20:58:39

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 smile

Aked Sat 10-May-14 21:00:42

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 dogsmile No awards, just local classes. Currently doing "fun" gundog training to gain a bit more disciplinesmile

Not sure what mine is, but think there is flatcoat in there somewhere.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 10-May-14 21:04:20

I couldn't get any kind of stay before agility so never took Bronze. He will stay whilst waiting to be released to run an agility course, we could probably pass bronze now.

Owllady Sat 10-May-14 21:08:16

I can't get stay at obedience either, but can get a long wait at agility
I am hoping she will mature a bit though as I am fat and she is fast

Owllady Sat 10-May-14 21:09:05

Aked, have a go smile

Aked Sat 10-May-14 21:12:12

We have an excellent stay! Perhaps this means we will be crap at agilitysmile She will probably stay at the start for ages, before illegally running off to play with another dog.

moosemama Sat 10-May-14 23:31:51

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.

basildonbond Sun 11-May-14 07:32:18

Ooh well done - that sounds brilliant

lougle Sun 11-May-14 07:53:01

Can dogs who don't like other dogs do agility? I presume that would rule a dog out? My dog is so agile but he's really uncomfortable with other dogs.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 11-May-14 08:18:59

Lougle yes they can, but you need the right trainer at the right club. It can actually help them too.

Owllady Sun 11-May-14 09:48:38

There is a dog reactive dog in our class lounge, he has been fine. We sit apart from one another and do the course in turns. You can also do 1:1 agility at ours

Booboostoo Sun 11-May-14 09:49:14

Well done!

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.

Owllady Sun 11-May-14 10:41:49

How difficult is the weave though if you start off on the wrong foot? I am sure I look like Mr bean when that happens

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