|Barked: Thu Aug 2, '12 7:55am PST |
|We dock jump and do agility... Charka loves both. Charka will never set the world on fire with her dock jumping ability. However, she is... enthusiastic. She is a jumping nut. She came into the sport with a good water retrieve and loves swimming so it was trivial to get her to jump from the dock. Your experience may vary. Oh, and dock jumping is a sport I do FOR Charka rather than WITH Charka. It requires almost nothing from me... she'll even jump without me throwing the tug ahead of her... she assumes it will be coming soon
Agility... is fun and something we do as a team. Charka has not met an obstacle she doesn't like. Communication is critical... particularly since Charks is fast. And communication is two-way. I have to be reading what she's asking and telling me; I have to clearly communicate where we are going... at a time appropriate to give her the best chance to react. We talk through our postures and positions, direction and speed of movement, hand signals and words. It is definitely a dance with your dog... and the choreography is up to you.
Your pup is young. Easy on those joints! I would assume you could start swimming and water retrieves...
If you want to pursue agility, you want to start with a solid set of obedience skills. If you like THAT, you can title there too. In any case, you should not be doing jumps before a minimum of 1 y.o. (I started Charks at 2 because I wanted to be more sure, with larger dog). You would start your agility training with foundation... which, depending on the instructors/techniques, will be focused on methods and skills rather than obstacles... so you MIGHT be able to do this with a younger dog... talk to instructor.
OK... frisbee... go easy on anything where you want/expect your pup to jump. I know it's sooo tempting... but, future success depends on those healthy joints. _I_ would hold off on the frisbee until about 1 - 2 y.o.
Edited by author Thu Aug 2, '12 7:59am PST
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