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Old 02-22-2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default How big is too big for agility?

I have a fifteen month old mutt. He is 26 inches high and ways about 65 pounds. he is very skinny but is starting to fill out and we expect him to be about 70-75 pounds. iv heard rumors where some dogs are just to big for agility. Is my dog too big to do great in agility?

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Old 02-22-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to Dog Forum! I think he is a bit too young yet. They change the height of the jumps depending on size. Others that do agility will tell you how old he should be.
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry, but I have never done agility with my dog so can't comment on your questions. I'm sure someone will come along who can answer all of your questions.

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Have you done any basic Obedience with him? He is old enough for Foundation Agility classes which are getting to know the equipment. The jumps are kept low and you learn how to direct your dog, how to use your body and direct them to the equipment. If you find a class that does not immediately start you over the equipment, he should be fine and he will be older before you start to use full height equipment. I would make sure you do not do much jumping yet and if you do that they are only really low. I have seen Great Danes and Bernese Mtn. dogs doing Agility and they have been fine as long as you start off slowly and make sure your dog is not overweight.

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His growth plates are closed and he knows sit down stay come and heel and is great off leash.

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I think the answer to your question is it depends. It depends on how competitive you want to be, how often you want to jump, how high you want to jump and on what surfaces, as well as your dog's build. I do think bigger dogs tend to suffer greater wear and tear from repetitive jumping, especially on hard surfaces, and are probably not as quick as their slightly smaller leaner competition. Agility for fun can be done by most dogs in moderation, a highly competitive career is a very different goal.

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My Pointer is 26inches and 25kg and he competes in agility.

I've seen Rottweilers/mastiffs etc do agility and we train with great danes in my club, they're all perfectly capable. However, the danes we train with don't jump at the large height my pointer does, mainly because of the weight they have behind them and the potential for impact damage on their joints. The heavier the dog, the greater the impact when it lands and that's something you need to be very aware of when you train. It's not enough to just train a dog to jump things, you have to train the cues to help it land safely and turn with minimal risk to their joints when running a course.

I'm very aware of this with my pointer as he is a big dog, fortunately he is not a heavy dog but it's still a lot more coming down on his joints than the smaller collies etc.
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