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Postby WeLuvOurKids » July 13th, 2007, 3:24 pm

I was reading through a few of the threads and was wondering at what age/weight would it be safe to start with pulling and agility? I was also curious as to what are the best activities to get my pups involved in and if there's anything I could start them doing soon?

I don't want them to compete or anything, just something to have fun with and to challenge themselves.
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Postby katiek0417 » July 13th, 2007, 3:46 pm

On July 13 2007, 2:24 PM, WeLuvOurKids wrote:I was reading through a few of the threads and was wondering at what age/weight would it be safe to start with pulling and agility? I was also curious as to what are the best activities to get my pups involved in and if there's anything I could start them doing soon?

I don't want them to compete or anything, just something to have fun with and to challenge themselves.


I can only speak for agility, but to avoid joint issues later, I like to stay away from heavy agility (high jumps, etc) until the dog's bones have fully formed...so, close to a year old...I know you can start them earlier...but I've heard horror stories (from several breeds) about starting them off too early
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Postby WeLuvOurKids » July 13th, 2007, 4:07 pm

On July 13 2007, 2:46 PM, katiek0417 wrote:
On July 13 2007, 2:24 PM, WeLuvOurKids wrote:I was reading through a few of the threads and was wondering at what age/weight would it be safe to start with pulling and agility? I was also curious as to what are the best activities to get my pups involved in and if there's anything I could start them doing soon?

I don't want them to compete or anything, just something to have fun with and to challenge themselves.


I can only speak for agility, but to avoid joint issues later, I like to stay away from heavy agility (high jumps, etc) until the dog's bones have fully formed...so, close to a year old...I know you can start them earlier...but I've heard horror stories (from several breeds) about starting them off too early


Wow, okay thanks for the heads up. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could get them started?
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Postby lilabet » July 13th, 2007, 4:19 pm

Try to find a dog training facility in your area. Lots of them have agility classes. There are several agility venues that put on trials. If you look them up most have a listing of affiliated clubs. There may be a club in your area. Look up AKC (American Kennel Club), UKC (United Kennel Club), NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council), USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association), CPE (Canine Performance Events), and DOCNA (Dogs On Course in North America). Also Clean Run has a website, http://www.cleanrun.com, and a magazine devoted to agility.
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Postby WeLuvOurKids » July 13th, 2007, 4:29 pm

On July 13 2007, 3:19 PM, lilabet wrote:Try to find a dog training facility in your area. Lots of them have agility classes. There are several agility venues that put on trials. If you look them up most have a listing of affiliated clubs. There may be a club in your area. Look up AKC (American Kennel Club), UKC (United Kennel Club), NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council), USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association), CPE (Canine Performance Events), and DOCNA (Dogs On Course in North America). Also Clean Run has a website, http://www.cleanrun.com, and a magazine devoted to agility.


Wow. Thank you very much, I'll be sure to get right on it and call around. Thanks again.
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Postby mnp13 » July 13th, 2007, 6:11 pm

You don't want to start any heavy pulling until the dog is fully grown, however, you can get them used to a harness and have them pull something noisy to get used to having something behind them, like a gallon jug with rocks in it.

I think Katrina is right about the jumps in agility, but it's never too early to start the low stuff - tunnel, weaves, table and a low dog walk or A frame.

All sports require obecience and that can start as soon as you bring your puppy home. when they are super young, just play "obedience games" to build a relationship with your dog.
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Postby katiek0417 » July 13th, 2007, 8:19 pm

On July 13 2007, 5:11 PM, mnp13 wrote:
I think Katrina is right about the jumps in agility, but it's never too early to start the low stuff - tunnel, weaves, table and a low dog walk or A frame.



Many puppies will actually jump off the A-frame...so, you can teach it, but you need to be very careful with it...
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Postby Beth » July 13th, 2007, 10:06 pm

On July 13 2007, 7:19 PM, katiek0417 wrote:
On July 13 2007, 5:11 PM, mnp13 wrote:
I think Katrina is right about the jumps in agility, but it's never too early to start the low stuff - tunnel, weaves, table and a low dog walk or A frame.



Many puppies will actually jump off the A-frame...so, you can teach it, but you need to be very careful with it...

I agree with being careful of the A-frame. I have seen and heard of many dogs jumping off them when first introduced to them.
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Postby katiek0417 » July 13th, 2007, 10:31 pm

On July 13 2007, 9:06 PM, Beth wrote:
On July 13 2007, 7:19 PM, katiek0417 wrote:
On July 13 2007, 5:11 PM, mnp13 wrote:
I think Katrina is right about the jumps in agility, but it's never too early to start the low stuff - tunnel, weaves, table and a low dog walk or A frame.



Many puppies will actually jump off the A-frame...so, you can teach it, but you need to be very careful with it...

I agree with being careful of the A-frame. I have seen and heard of many dogs jumping off them when first introduced to them.


So, that just means Sacha is an idiot....she's 3, has done them 100's of times...and still jumps off of them...what a moron!!!! :wink:
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Postby WeLuvOurKids » July 13th, 2007, 11:34 pm

On July 13 2007, 5:11 PM, mnp13 wrote:All sports require obedience and that can start as soon as you bring your puppy home. when they are super young, just play "obedience games" to build a relationship with your dog.


I'm sorry if this is a sorta obvious answer question, but like I've said, my girl friend and I are really new to this. What would be some examples of obedience games?
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Postby Patch O' Pits » July 14th, 2007, 7:39 am

All sports you do will have an obedience foundation


Actually with agility it can be started very young. You start with doing obedience for agility, body awareness games and intro to low equip. NO jumps at height they either do poles on the ground or very slightly elevated and also lower equipment heights for a frames and dog walks which will start on the ground as just planks and boards.

Dogs should not be jumping at height until at least a year but for me personally I would wait until 18 months to two years for full jump heights. At a year the pup is Still not fully developed and may be uncoordinated and lanky

I also think pups/dogs should have a health screening and OK from a vet to do most physical sports

here is a link to my on-line puppy/beginner agility class
http://www.pitbulltalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=3115

With weight pull though I don't compete ... no full out pulling of heavy weights until the dog is a year but better at 18 months to 2 years

You can start out though young getting just used to a harness and just drag it around then when the pup gets older gradually add a very very small bit of weight as the pup ages
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