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Old 10-10-2012, 12:55 PM   #1
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I found a flyball set at petco, I'm thinking of buying it next payday. Flyball is a sport I'd like to get Miyavi in and one I think she will enjoy.(I wanted to start her on/in agility too-but my trainer said she thinks Miyavi wouldn't be good with it)

I'm just wondering-would it be better to wait until her recall is 100% to start training her on/for flyball?

Will Flyball help strengthen her recall?

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Old 10-10-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Argh, so I just found out that the product I was planning on buying can be unsafe.

UNSAFE Product Alert – LIXIT “Agility Fun” Flyball Box

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Well then...Does anyone know where I could buy flyball equipment for training/practice?

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Why does your trainer think she would do poorly with agility?

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Old 10-10-2012, 06:02 PM   #4
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She said Miyavi is just too all over the place, that she can't focus that long or she never focuses on one thing for more then a few seconds(her attention is everywhere basically). But she can do good if it's one thing*when we were working on recall where Miyavi had to go between us-she loved doing that and caught on quick to where she just kept running back and forth between us, ha*

I'm not sure if she actually thinks this or if she thinks that I wouldn't be a good handler for her for agility since I can be...slow to get things at times.

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Maybe she's the wrong trainer for you. Miyavi can be taught to focus. Maybe you need a trainer that is more patient with YOU.
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Well, I know you've seen the videos of Dyno and I... He has more focus than Miyavi i'm sure, but he's also older. I never in a million years thought Dyno would be good for agility but it keeps him active teaches me a lot as far as how much impact I really have on Dyno AND

Who cares if shes all over the place? Your trainer should be saying something like "While yes she cannot focus and she might be not so great for a while but it'd be a great wya to build focus and communication"

Dyno and I do agility for fun, and to build out team work.

And handler? SMH! If dogs could read and just run the course without handlers they'd be faster and quicker than one could imagine.

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Me messing up my handling to no end, and then doing it again


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Ama, I think techie is right. Maybe you need a new trainer. Remember, it's usually not the dog in most cases, but the owner that needs to be trained. I'm sure you may have seen countless posts on this forum from trainers that never seem to have any problem with the dogs, but do have problems with their owners. It might be something to think about.

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I have been thinking of finding a new trainer, but I'm not sure how to do that without offending my current one. I like her and shes one of the main people of the rescue I help occasionally. So I don't want to ruin the relationship I have with her.

I always thought Miyavi would do great at agility. Shes fast, agile and smart. I thought it would be a perfect sport for her. I learn fast if people show things to me too- I also thought it would be a good bonding sport for us. It would mainly be done for fun.

Being told she couldn't/we shouldn't do it was kind of disheartening.

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I've lost a few clients to other trainers, and my feelings were only hurt one time.

Be honest with her. Explain that you're looking to try some new things with your pooch and you appreciate everything she has done for you and you look forward to keeping her up to date with all the going ons and such. A good trainer will encourage you to try other trainers and here is my thing. I teach group classes, and I could attend a new puppy class every night, week one And there is STILL something i'd learn. I may learn what NOT to do, but i'd learn. Go to other trainers, look for maybe an obdience and agility class combined, Usually those are for adolescent dogs and beginner agility pups. 1
Do not hesitate to do something for you and your dogs improvement because you worry about someone's feelings. She has been helpful and got you guys started off on the right foot, but that left foot has to follow in order to keep walking.

I encourage all of my students to go out, try new things, try different trainers. One of my dogs' best friends mom swears by my training and the one time she went else where (prong collar/e collar/ etc) the classes were not right for her, nor were things explained to her in a way she appreciated. But that doesn't mean she didn't learn a thing here and there. She learned to control her dog around more dogs than were in her current classes. She also learned that her dog had a lot more manners than she anticipated :P


Keep your chin up, and go for it. SO what if you and her are absolutely terrible? WHat happens if you turn out to be utterly amazing and you never knew it? For goodness sake i'm terrible at dancing but that doesn't stop me from doing it :P

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Have another chat with your trainer. I am wondering if perhaps she meant that Miyavi wasn't ready YET for agility training, and believes you need more focus before she is ready for what can be a very highly aroused environment?

She does sound like an ideal type for agility once you have focus and control mastered.

Yes, you definitely need a good recall for fly, and in fact a reliable retrieve back to you.

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