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Beginner Agility

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sands904
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I am thinking about doing some Agility training with my two dogs. They love learning new things and I thought it would be fun. I have never done anything like this before so I am looking for ideas, pointers, suggestions, etc about equipment, tips and whatever else you can help me with. Thanks in advance! [:D]
 


sands904
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Today, we decided to start our agility training. After looking at how expensive agility equipment is we decided to try our hand at building our own. We built three jumps and the dogs love it. It took a little coxing and a lot of treats at first but after only a few minutes they were loving it. We built a 8 inch, 12 inch and 16 inch jump. By the end of our session [URL="/Dogs/Bio.aspx?Dog=17" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"]Logan[/URL] and [URL="/Dogs/Bio.aspx?Dog=339" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"]Lance[/URL] would jump the first two but [URL="/Dogs/Bio.aspx?Dog=16" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"]Lacey[/URL] our 12 inch tall 7lb Chipoo would jump all three. I think she just likes to show the big boys up [:D]
sycadoog
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I love the fact that the little one is the biggest jumper. I want to try my hand at agility wiht my dog Fugley this summer now that he is done growing. What did you use to build your jumps? I was probably going to use some pvc pipe and wooden dowels to create some jumps and weave pole's. [:)]
sands904
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Yeah, Lacey is a really tough girl [:D] She likes to show off to the boys. We used 3/4" PVC to make the jumps. I am hoping to post an article soon on how we built ours (they are not to any standards or anything). It was pretty cheap and easy to build. We also just bought some wood and are working on completing an A-Frame. We haven't thought about the weave poles yet, but I have seen articles on them being built with pvc also. Good luck! all my dogs seem to love it!
sycadoog
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Thanks for the info. I am looking forword to trying to teach Fugly agility. He has boundless energy and loves to run and jump. We are just waiting for the ground to thaw enough to enjoy the yard. I look forword to hearing more about little Lacey and her "big" brothers.
manateelover
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I'm thinking of doing some agility training this summer with Mulder. He really is an active dog and he stays busy. I think he will really enjoy the agility training. There are some great courses in my area that I've seen. Right now there is a lot of snow on the ground and it's just way to cold for him to spend any extended amount of time outside. I am researching now though.
emgerber
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Agility is so much fun. My dog just loves to do agility. Over the winter we practice and train indoors. We actually practice one aspect of agility each day. When the practice time of the day comes Khia actually asks to do the agility. It is just so cute. You can do agility just for fun or to complete. Khia and I do both. There are lots of great books about agility. If you have a high energy dog just like I do you have to limit how much work you do. My dog would go on an on but I must always think about maintaining her healthy joints. They is much to learn but it is really fun for both the dog and handler. I  believe my dog is smarter than me when it come to agility. When a mistake is made it is usually me.
emgerber
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Well how is the agility going? Some of you have talked about trying agility so I am just checking in to see how it is going and how much your dog is enjoying this activity. I know my girl lives to do agility.

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