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Old 10-20-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default Lucy's first Agility foundation class

Well, most of the snow melted and the sun is shining. We will be learning weaves using the channel method. For now we are just teaching them to race down the channel between the poles and won't be doing any weaving. As we are just starting they are doing it on leash but by next Saturday they should be able to do it off-lead if we do enough practice at home.

The only other thing we did was teaching them the meaning of the word Jump/over or whatever word you use. The jump bar is just at four inches. We are using clickers and Lucy is not quite used to that as I couldn't get a clicker today as the Pet Store was sold out. Actually, my sister bought the last one so I only got a chance to use hers a couple of times. I bought one today from the trainer.

So we just have two things to work on this week which is the best way to go.

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Great update. How often do to work with her during the week?

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I am going to bring one of our jumps home from my sisters and we can each set up the weave poles for the channel although it will only be half the length. Around Wed or Thurs we will combine the weaves so it will be the full length just so they don't get used to just going short. Takes a lot of practice just to handle, the leash, clicker and treats. I have never tried training with a clicker before but thought I would give it a try.

I will also work on Targeting with the clicker. She already knows to go out to the target as I started her on that without the clicker. I plan on doing the obstacles at least a couple of times a day but only a few times at once.

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Great update Yes take it one step at a time! Great idea regarding the weaving not being part of the course but the full lenglh love it Well done! And keep us updated!
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Sounds like both Lucy and you are doing great! Have you considered growing a third arm and hand to hold everything?
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2nd week of Agility Foundation with Lucy. We practiced what we had done last week and started on the tunnel and teeter. The teeter is just flat with a couple of 2x4's under each end. Lucy had no problem with running across the teeter as she had been over the low dog walk last Thursday night. A couple of trips through a short tunnel, then it was gradually lengthened and she did great. She did not like waiting her turn as she knew it meant treats.

We will practice these four things and touching a target for the next two weeks as there is not a class next Saturday. The Instructor will be away judging an Agility Trial next weekend.

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What a great update! It sounds like she is doing great, and having a great time.

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Had nice weather on Sunday and Monday so got a little practicing in. We set up a short plank to teach them the two on and two off and they just love doing it. They also love our little dog walk and they kept going over it and waiting at the bottom for a treat or standing on the end of the plank waiting for a treat.

They are not that keen on the jumping yet but I think if we start running with them towards the jumps instead of standing there like we were doing in class, they will like it better. We have a small tunnel and they willingly run through that so they are getting there. They are getting good at running straight down the channel now and not ducking out. We do all of it off leash as they are good at staying with us.

Could probably do it off leash in the class but there are a couple of aggresive dogs in the class, a Golden Retriever and a Havanese that want to fight with everyone, so they make everyone stay on leash right now.

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Great fun! Layla and I began Agility a year ago and it's been so much fun for her. We will be going to our third NADAC trial November 17 and 18.

We used the channel method for weaves in our classes too. It worked great for Layla. I also found a small set of weaves online pretty cheap last year, they fit together with PVC pipe and I can pull the poles apart at an angle so it mimics the "channel". I worked with this at home and Layla learned weaves very well.

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It sounds like you are having fun, and I love that your instructor is teaching plank work and low height equipment before allowing you to move up. Keep enjoying yourselves!!
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