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Beginning "Agility Obstacles Awareness"

Ziva just turned 9 months old a week or so ago, and tonight we start our first class in "Obstacle Awareness" through a local Agility club. It's a 6-week course that introduces things like the dog walk, A-frame, tunnels, teeter board, etc, and minimal jumping, since she is still under a year old. Even if we never get close to being at a level to compete, I want to let her experience it just for the fun of it....and also to keep her mind and body 'tuned up' during this first year of growing up.

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Sounds like fun! Where are you located? I would like to do that with Darcy when she gets a little older.
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That sounds great! I hope both you and Ziva enjoy it! I really want to get started with an intro agility class like that too. I think agility sounds like so much fun! Good luck in your class.
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you can start earlier then that, just to get them to use to it
i always take my little one to the club with me and let her encounter all those different obsticals
here she is with 10 weeks lol ( no jumps for sure )





and she goes to the schutzhund training also





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you can start earlier then that, just to get them to use to it
Great pics. The reason my instructor doesn't want us using the exact obstacles to "get used to" is she doesn't want them doing them it without knowing the "ending behavior." Most of us use a 2o2o stop at the end. So she doesn't want them practicing going off the end and not stopping.

She does have us use wobble boards, put planks up on things, etc. But if we are not doing the correct ending behavior, we aren't supposed to be doing the equipment. She also has a ramp of stairs with a platform for us to use to practice.

We also don't lure any of it. We want it all independent so we shape and clicker train it. She wants the dog to figure it out all on their own.

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believe me Aesa did figure it out and i didn't had to lure, just showed her where to walk so she dosen't falls down :p
and i also teach her target training, so she will stop where she has to
i think its so much easier when you start early, because they wont be afraid later on when the big obsticals come into play and Aesa is very very independet
i started late with apollo and have more to work on it, then i do with the little one, i learned the lesson, thats why we start now, makes life and training soooooooo much easier

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believe me Aesa did figure it out and i didn't had to lure, just showed her where to walk so she dosen't falls down :p
and i also teach her target training, so she will stop where she has to
i think its so much easier when you start early, because they wont be afraid later on when the big obsticals come into play and Aesa is very very independet
i started late with apollo and have more to work on it, then i do with the little one, i learned the lesson, thats why we start now, makes life and training soooooooo much easier
It is great to start early. We start early on all kinds of things that "imitate" the equipment. My instructor just has a hard fast rule that unless they know 2020 (if that's what you train), they don't get on the contact equipment. I might not be explaining it well. She also teaches them to bail. I postd a video I think of Flirt bailing on the dog walk. When they are old enough/big enough, we actually do an exercise that pushes them off of a plank up about 1-2 ft depending on size of dog.

Aesa looks pretty fearless which is great in agility..well usually. My fearles Vizsla took 25 obstacles in her first novice run when only 13 were required but give me fearless vs fearful

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pushing dogs down on purpouse from the equiment (sp)
hmmmmm, ok
don't like that idea

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don't like that idea
It's actually a great exercise and something the world team trainers do. Here is how it SAVED Flirt
YouTube - dogwalkfall

It teaches them how to land safely, how to bail safely and that they don't HAVE to say on if they can't stay on. They are on a plank on tables so it's 1-2 ft up depending on size of dog and you nudge them off so they learn to jump off. You really want to teach your dog how to safely bail if they have to, especially a big breed like a Doberman. This is also why we never lure. They need to figure it out on their own.

Please remember she is NOT being pushed down from EQUIPMENT. She is being nudged off a plank that is NOT a specific piece of agility equipment. She's never pushed from a dog walk, aframe, teeter. She's taught how to safely fall off a plank that is the same width though.

Here is how teaching her how to bail and letting her do it, builds her confidence
YouTube - dogwalk

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