Trying our hand at agility

28 Jun

Agility is something that i always thought seemed like a fun idea, for both myself and my dogs. What i didn’t want to do (at this stage at least) is sign up for agility classes. The first reason being that they cost a lot, and we wouldn’t be doing it competitively anyway, just for fun. The second reason being that classes cost a lot. 

Instead. i went on amazon and for thirty quid bought myself a set of six weave poles which also convert into three jumps (you can vary the height, which is handy). 

 

Weaving:

 

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So, out in the garden we set up our poles, and had our first attempt at weaving! 

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For a first effort, both Max and Maya did great! Max was speedy but not overly accurate, and Maya was slower but accurate. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVllvSvh9Iw&feature=c4-overview&list=UU6FWQDj_3lK9B-ezM_sraag

 

So, ive never done any agility before, and although i have read up a tiny bit about it, i kind of just went along with what i felt like. Starting at the end, i guided my dogs through the weaves, starting at the left (i seem to remember that you always start at the left). Instead of putting my dogs on the lead to guide them through, i just tempted them with food. Food always works when you own a labrador!

 

Jumps:

The jumps were the best part, and actually tired out the dogs before me! (bonus)!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NOm_2Kc7VM&feature=c4-overview&list=UU6FWQDj_3lK9B-ezM_sraag

 

Breaks:

In between agility training we took breaks where i got the dogs doing some of their tricks and obedience training and also spent time playing with them. 

 

Relax:

All of that running and jumping about tired us all out. The sun was shining so we all laid down and sunbathed before it was time for our walk. 

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5 Responses to “Trying our hand at agility”

  1. rubytheblacklabrador June 29, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    What a great investment – go Max and Maya!

    • taylorr1991 June 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

      It has proved to be very worthwhile so far! i’m now considering the addition of a hoop jump and a tunnel…. bit much perhaps?

  2. Nya July 28, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    I agree, go for the hoop & the tunnel! Since my two dogs are under ten pounds, I have set up a spare tire my husband had and have been practicing with that for the hoop. 🙂

    • taylorr1991 July 28, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      That does sound like a good idea! i think i will be adding a few pieces to my collection over time, perhaps as their christmas present lol!

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