|Barked: Sun Mar 25, '12 6:58pm PST |
|Rexy is reactive and we participate in agility classes.
Our classes are set up so that when a dog is not working, they are crated, and each dog gets to take turns getting the field to themselves. This means that everyone gets to work off-leash, the dogs get plenty of breaks, and you get a chance to watch everyone else in action too.
That being said, I think it's in everyone's best interests that you gave your trainer the heads up about Bruno, and I think that it would be good for the rest of the class to know to at least keep their dogs out of Bruno's space. You have the right to expect a safe, worry-free class.
I doubt I will ever formally compete with Rexy in agility. Her dog reactivity is still way too intense for me to consider it. One meltdown on course could get us banned for life.
And yes, there are many, many dogs that compete who have reactivity or DA issues. Many have to jump into their handlers arms immediately after finishing a run because they are still so "high" from doing the course, that they could nail another dog. Other dogs must have people standing at the gates, blocking the exit to ensure that the dog doesn't leave the ring and start something.
Edited to add that Rexy is dog AND people reactive, so it requires a bit more management on my part. The other people in my classes know us and our issues and do their best to make it easier for us. I'm very upfront with anyone I take classes with, as I want to set us all up for success.
Yes, agility can bring out that higher state of arousal where dogs can temporarily lose their minds and react.
I do a lot of impulse control games with Rexy. She is also super fast and really keen, so I don't have to do anything whatsoever to "amp her up". If anything, I am trying to slow her down and keep her focused.
You mentioned that he has great focus when working as well as a good recall, so I would think that you guys would be fine. So long as we were using crates (because it brings down both mine and Rexy's stress levels), I'd have no issues whatsoever being in the same class as you.
Edited by author Sun Mar 25, '12 7:10pm PST
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