|Barked: Sat Aug 4, '12 10:42pm PST |
|joining a group and getting some instruction is usually helpful too- some of the equipment is specialized and expensive or difficult to DIY, so it's better to just join a group where you can get some barn time on their equipment. Plus the instruction really helps you avoid making novice mistakes, and it's nice to have help if you dog refuses an obstacle or you just can't figure out how to teach something. (A lot of dogs hate the teeter at first, for example.)
I promise you will not be the only person with a middle-aged, less-than-perfectly trained dog in your class, and beginning level classes aren't usually about making a dog ready for competition, but about building confidence and having fun with your dog.
You do want to work on that recall though. Being able to call your dog to you is pretty essential in agility, since the dogs work off-leash past the initial introductory stage of training. It's never good when a dog decides to blow off their owner and do zoomies around the arena during class or practice with other dogs around, maybe doors open.
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