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London start agility "training"

Mondays will be agility "training" with London (now 11 1/2 weeks old). Obviously nothing that is too rough! These sessions are totally and completely puppy friendly. It's exactly what I've been looking for which is mostly exercises that will prepare her for when she is able to full on train, and being around people who can mentor me in this sport.

My focused goals for these "training sessions" are

1) Bonding Time =]]
2) Socialization with other dogs/people
3) Exposure to equipment, sport, rules, etc (for both of us)
4) Begin road to CDX (and beyond, once I fully understand what titles I'll be after) =]]

Anyway, for all you who do have titled agility dogs (titled, because I'm looking for advice from folks who have been where I want to go), what were some of your surprises, hiccups, would've/could've/should've 's, .... Really looking for a great start to our road ahead.

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CDX is an obedience title, so may want to look into joining an obedience club too There are a lot of subtleties in competitive obedience!

I'm pretty happy with where my dog's agility training is at, she is still pretty young, in her second year of competing. We did a lot of foundation training, lots of groundwork and a lot of motivational training. I live in NZ which is a little different to agility in the USA, here there is no point system, everything is based from wins so if you can't outright beat lots of other dogs in competition you'll never progress through the sport!

The only big thing I would have changed is to have purchased contact gear and trained running contacts, but I don't have the room at home and don't train often enough at club for that to work! I really like Silvia Trkmans foundation training, and will definitely be doing a lot of that with my next dog. I like the One Mind Dog handling system too, not that I use a system, but there are some really good ideas there. It's becoming very popular in NZ!


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Socialize socialize socialize! Puppy classes are great. IMO obedience classes are a great way to lay one part of a base for agility.

You could also take your puppy out to a few agility trials and walk around to get her accustomed to the noise and hub bub of a trial.
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Things I've learned - Foundation foundation foundation way before any equipment. Teach proper jumping form when old enough to jump full height. Jump at full height, don't bother with low jumps which can cause incorrect jumping form. Teach your 2o2o rock solid before adding it to equipment. I shaped it without a target this time and have the most amazing contacts.

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