KDOGG331

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Sounds like you have the makings of a training junkie. I think you'll do well with a rat terrier, or most any breed..
Trying to be! :D just need a dog to train. :lol: Thank you! I hope so! So hard to decide on a breed ha especially when I want to try so many and so many would work. :lau
 

Windrider

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Can we revive this thread!? :D
I'll revive this thread if you like!

I am an agility addict. :D During a "normal" summer, I'd be at an agility trial almost every weekend and classes twice a week. I am the equipment manager for my agility club. I am REALLY missing it; all those are shut down right now in Southern California.

I have two Shelties. My older one almost has her MACH (AKC Master Agility Champion) and I was hoping to finish this summer. My young one still has puppy brain, but was supposed to make her trialing debut this summer. :idunno

Always open to talk agility.

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KDOGG331

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I'll revive this thread if you like!

I am an agility addict. :D During a "normal" summer, I'd be at an agility trial almost every weekend and classes twice a week. I am the equipment manager for my agility club. I am REALLY missing it; all those are shut down right now in Southern California.

I have two Shelties. My older one almost has her MACH (AKC Master Agility Champion) and I was hoping to finish this summer. My young one still has puppy brain, but was supposed to make her trialing debut this summer. :idunno

Always open to talk agility.

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Awesome!!! I’m sorry everything is shut down! 😭 everything’s such a mess this year! But hopefully things will open again soonish and you can get trialing and everything again!! Do you have any more pictures or videos or anything of them? And thank you for reviving it! Haha
 

EmmaDonovan

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I started looking into agility just before the virus outbreak. I adopted a dog a few years back who was notorious for jumping fences. As a stray he climbed a solid brick wall to get into a backyard to play with another dog (the owner kept him). The shelter staff watched him climb an 8' fence to join his buddy who had been taken for a walk without him (they were clearly bonded so I adopted both). He's a mutt, maybe a lab mix?, about 60 lbs.

Fortunately he has shown zero interest in scaling the 7' walls we have around the backyard. I think he knows he's home now (we still never leave him unattended in the yard, just to be extra careful). He's not an escape artist or disobedient in the slightest. He's actually the sweetest dog, super sharp, and lives to please. You tell him something once and he's got it. He's built long and lanky, has a lot of energy, is very treat motivated, and can jump freakin' anything. I have seen him clear patio furniture and bushes like they're not even there when he's playing with the other dog. He runs at top speed and stops on a dime. He jumps 5' in the air over nothing, just for fun. That dog has springs for legs.

I want to try agility training with him because I think he'd love it, even if we didn't compete. I got a set of PVC pipe agility jumps on Craigslist (for free!) but it's been too hot to use them so I've just been watching training videos.

We have ~1/4 acre and the yard is separated into a walled garden, where I'm planning on putting the chicken coop, and the rest of the yard which is open space, which is where I'd like to set up a little agility course for him, nothing official, just for fun/training. @Windrider, do you have any recommendations for other types of backyard training gear in addition to the jumps that I could maybe build for him?
 

KDOGG331

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I started looking into agility just before the virus outbreak. I adopted a dog a few years back who was notorious for jumping fences. As a stray he climbed a solid brick wall to get into a backyard to play with another dog (the owner kept him). The shelter staff watched him climb an 8' fence to join his buddy who had been taken for a walk without him (they were clearly bonded so I adopted both). He's a mutt, maybe a lab mix?, about 60 lbs.

Fortunately he has shown zero interest in scaling the 7' walls we have around the backyard. I think he knows he's home now (we still never leave him unattended in the yard, just to be extra careful). He's not an escape artist or disobedient in the slightest. He's actually the sweetest dog, super sharp, and lives to please. You tell him something once and he's got it. He's built long and lanky, has a lot of energy, is very treat motivated, and can jump freakin' anything. I have seen him clear patio furniture and bushes like they're not even there when he's playing with the other dog. He runs at top speed and stops on a dime. He jumps 5' in the air over nothing, just for fun. That dog has springs for legs.

I want to try agility training with him because I think he'd love it, even if we didn't compete. I got a set of PVC pipe agility jumps on Craigslist (for free!) but it's been too hot to use them so I've just been watching training videos.

We have ~1/4 acre and the yard is separated into a walled garden, where I'm planning on putting the chicken coop, and the rest of the yard which is open space, which is where I'd like to set up a little agility course for him, nothing official, just for fun/training. @Windrider, do you have any recommendations for other types of backyard training gear in addition to the jumps that I could maybe build for him?
He sounds like an amazing dog!! :love do you have any pictures of them? I think he would love agility! He sounds somewhat similar to one of my brother’s dogs, Franklin. I swear that dog is sooo agile and fast!! He tears around the yard like lightning when he wants to and he too stops and turns on a dime and leaps over stuff, usually to avoid the other dogs when they’re playing chase lol he can switch directions so fast.

Maybe you could get him a tunnel? Those are usually pretty easy to both find and teach. :)

Or you could maybe build him some weave poles or something? I think those are pretty easy to make too though of course they might be somewhat harder to teach but from your description he should probably pick them up pretty fast and with as fast as he is he should fly haha
 

KDOGG331

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Just out of curiosity, are shows and events back for anyone yet? I would think the outdoor events would be the first to come back? I imagine indoor shows/trials and conformation and such might be a while away still?
 

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