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Post by Kelsbels on Thu Nov 14 2013, 12:04

Our vet has advised us to get Nico involved in agility training ( dunno why, think coz he's quite a quick learner and had tons of energy) I've never done this before but if he would enjoy it I'd like to give it a go, we are in glasgow, any advice, tips or clubs that you know of would be appreciated. Can we start off at home?
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Post by Sazzle on Thu Nov 14 2013, 13:10

Yes you can buy some cheap equipment on line, I got this for Daisy's birthday, althought its gone up in price I paid £39.99 so you may find it cheaper elsewhere. OK its not amazing quality but you don't want to spend loads to start with.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kyjen-Dog-Agility-Starter-Kit/dp/B000AAM0GW
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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 14 2013, 20:53

If you decide to do agility, don't do any of the high impact stuff until he's at least 18 months old, and then build up gradually.

If you can find an agility club near you, phone them first. Some will only take you on if your dog is totally reliable off lead, and some won't take staffords at all!Sad 

http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/findaclub/area/Default.aspx?id=1

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Post by Guest on Thu Nov 14 2013, 21:09

I bought this and some other stuff for Darcy Smile http://www.petsathome.com/shop/four-way-agility-tunnel-by-pets-at-home-111309

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Post by Kelsbels on Thu Nov 14 2013, 22:22

Thanks folks x il let you know how we get on
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Post by jshrew on Fri Nov 15 2013, 18:01

Check this out too http://agilitynet.co.uk/clutch/clubs.htm might find a club near you.

The club I go to does intro classes for younger dogs jump poles are on the floor etc but it introduces them to tunnels and low dog walks

Ledger was very nervous of the new dogs and environment to begin with but now as long as I have his garlic sausage and his tuggy treat ball he will stay focused on me and the course and pay no attention to other dogs in the training area. We certainly get a lot of attention in a "I've never seen a staffy doing this" kind of way and yet they pick it up quick and are super fast Ledger will compete with the collies for speed when I get the courses right Laughing 
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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 15 2013, 19:18

I took my older girl for a few classes but unfortunately due to work commitments it was just too difficult to keep attending Sad but she really enjoyed it.

One of the most important tips I can give you is 100% rock solid obedience as this is a very good foundation for the agility.

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Post by Kelsbels on Fri Nov 15 2013, 22:18

Well I wouldn't say he's 100 % yet but wer getting there! Maybe hold off for a bit yet!
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Post by Guest on Fri Nov 15 2013, 22:25

Kelsbels wrote:Well I wouldn't say he's 100 % yet but wer getting there! Maybe hold off for a bit yet!
No don't hold off and do it for fun , great for bonding but when you have mastered the basics of stay , sit , wait etc you will see a world of difference , also heel work is very important to keep him close when you need to and not running round like a loon , as per Caryll's advice just avoid the high impact stuff

If you have the time it is fantastic fun and good exercise for you too , it really doesn't matter if you don't enter a single competition just enjoy it

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Post by Kelsbels on Fri Nov 15 2013, 23:06

Nah not even thinking about comps, just for fitness, fun and to enhance his training. He's such a quick wee learner and loves a new challenge but he gets a bit excited.
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Post by jshrew on Sat Nov 16 2013, 00:06

To begin with Ledger really would just have his stubborn staffy moments tear off on his own course, run head first through the netting around the course and want to pee everywhere. But I took him to a few of the club and local casual competitions and it calmed him down loads just having the extra socialisation but some of that was me settling and relaxing too. Also realised that most of the other dogs have the same moments every now and then and Ledger is now one of the calmer ones in our Tuesday class

Ooh also have a look at Flyball if you get chance
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Post by taras on Sat Jan 25 2014, 12:19

Hey, did you take this any further? I've started taking Chico to our local dog class and we have great fun! His is more for socialisation but I've noticed a difference in him and we've only been 3 times now Big Grin

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Post by Kelsbels on Sat Jan 25 2014, 18:27

We haven't been to a class yet but that sounds really good, wer doing some frisbee and flyball at the park, he does need to work on his socialisation a bit more so a class is maybe the next step. Glad to hear you had such good results so quick !
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Post by taras on Sat Jan 25 2014, 19:09

Flyball is good fun Smile I'm the problem because I wasn't very confident but the classes have helped me and now I feel more confident so hopefully Chico soon realises I'm not taking any crap lol

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Post by Kelsbels on Sat Jan 25 2014, 19:12

See I'm the same, I'm not that confident of other dogs and I don't want Nico to pick up on that, at the park there are the same dogs with responsible owners and I feel safe letting him go play on a long leash there. Do you think the classes will help break that fear down for you?
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Post by taras on Mon Jan 27 2014, 15:43

Well I definitely notice a difference with me, and Chico is watching me more now which is good. We have fun but also build our relationship up. It's worth a try going, and see how you feel? I muzzle Chico just so I have that extra bit of comfort knowing nothing serious could happen so I can let him of the lead at the end of class Smile

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