Beginning Agility

  • Beginning Agility

     D-D updated 1 month ago 6 Members · 7 Posts
  • D-D

    January 15, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    15 month old ACD, quickly catching on. Should I continue teaching her as I learn myself or enroll us in a formal class? I’m fortunate to live just a few minutes from a full blown dog training facility. I don’t want to be naive in my ability but Robert’s teaching has unlocked the inner trainer in many of us!

    I might add, Our agility work thus far is not too deliberate as I’m really just using it to mix things up to keep her from getting burnt out on obedience training.

    Any insight from those with experience is welcomed! Thanks!

  • Alin

    January 16, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    We might need a few more members to start joining into Groups before you see replies to this discussion.

    I’ll try and get Janet aware of this discussion – if I’m not mistaken is does agility work.

  • Donna

    January 17, 2021 at 11:39 AM

    By that age she should be ready for a facility. Guidance will help you not develop any bad habits. Good Luck!

  • Joanna

    January 18, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    we have 11 month old female Mal, we built couple of agility toys for her so she can play in the back yard or even in the basement, but the goal is to join a club. Anybody knows of good Agility clubs in Chicago suburbs?

  • Riggan

    January 18, 2021 at 6:41 PM


    Unless you have a background in doing agility, you might want to get involved in a formal class, especially since you have one so close (assuming they have a solid reputation and fit with your training approach). If not done correctly, dogs can be injured doing agility, so it can help to be working with someone who knows safe ways to introduce dogs to the different obstacles. It also depends on what your goal is. If you would like to possibly compete at some point, working with someone who is experienced can help you avoid bad habits. I have never done competitive obedience, but we did train our Search and Rescue dogs on a variety of obstacles. We trained for stability, control, and confidence rather than speed. I’m just starting our newly adopted dog (had him 6 months now) on some obstacles, and my goal for him is to improve his confidence (he is fearful) and coordination. We go hiking in some heavily wooded and steep areas, and I want him to have good body awareness. Because of his personality, I know I will never compete with him. So you can use agility for many different reasons, and in some cases it can affect the approach you take.

    I’d love to see Janet join in here with some hints and tips from her experience. It looks like Dwayne is becoming an awesome agility dog under her tutelage!

  • Janet

    January 19, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    HI! Yes, by al means, enroll your ACD in a foundation agility skills group class if you can find one. You want to learn the contacts (teeter, dog walk, a frame,) in a controlled safe manner. Duane is my third competitive agility dog. Until the pandemic, we trained weekly in group classes and competed at the local level on weekends. ACD is a fantastic dog for agility, he’s going to love it, and you’ll have so much fun learning and playing together. Best of luck!

  • D-D

    January 27, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    Thanks for the input gang! Sounds like the benefits go well beyond what I was initially aware of. The local facility requires an orientation/behavior evaluation step before enrolling. We’re really working on her play aggression currently. I’m shooting for late Spring/summer to have her ready to go; just gotta contain that prey drive!

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