Agility Camp Part III (the new stuff I tried)

Like I’ve mentioned I hadn’t tried any agility before we left for camp. Mom did this on purpose as we wanted to see how they thought it should be trained from the beginning. It’s so easy to do stuff on your own and then regret the method you chose and want to do it differently… The downside was we couldn’t do much of the handling work because he had to learn the obstacles, the upside is we can start with correct handling from the start (theoretically at least).

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The first thing we tried were jump grids. This is a basic grid, five equally spaced jumps/bumps. The jump grids are designed to help the dogs learn to judge the distance and their speed, when to jump and how to jump with the least possible strain on the body.

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This is called set point – a bump and then an upright or an oxer (an oxer tends to help them jump better).

We also started learning the weaves by Susan Garretts 2 by 2 method
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For now it’s just a matter of running through the first gate from different directions.

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Mmm.. the ball tastes of vanilla!

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We started on the contacts – here we’re trying the running contacts method.

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..and the see-saw.

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Here we want him to stop with two paws on and two paws off (2o2o), ideally we wanted him to be able to play tug and keep his hind legs on the see-saw, but that was a bit tricky in the beginning so we switched to treats.

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He had a hard time stopping in time when he got a bit of speed, but at lower speeds he did fine. Lots to work at!

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3 thoughts on “Agility Camp Part III (the new stuff I tried)

  1. Oh wow! I just read your agility camp reports! I love that you went in as a total novice to learn things properly from the start. That is so important. Not just for ease of training, but for safety as well. It looks like a wonderful way to spend your holiday.

    Mango Momma

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