|Barked: Thu Mar 11, '10 6:11pm PST |
|Oh, I agree with Shayne. You should NOT be doing all the equipment before the growth plates are closed. Puppies should NOT be doing A frames, weaves, umps, teeter or full height dog walks...period. Not until the growth plates are closed. All it takes is one bad fall off of a dogwalk (which happens a lot) for your puppy with soft growth plates to be permanently crippled.
I did a ton of handling skills, low board contact work, obedience work, etc., with my pup. Get your CGC and get into a puppy class that focuses on groundwork. The real hard part of agility is the handling...not training obstacles. That's easy. It's what you do between the obstacles that will make or break your performance in the upper levels of the sport.
Keep your pup off of the contact equipment until the growth plates are closed. For a Dal, this could be anywhere between 12 and 18 months.
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