|Barked: Fri Aug 30, '13 9:13am PST |
|To me, a SD isn't trained to ignore drives; a SD is trained to channel his or her drives into SD behavior. Agility is another really fun, mentally stimulating way to channel the drive and have fun with your dog. Obviously, if the dog isn't having fun, don't do it. As a guide dog raiser, we were allowed and even encouraged to do some agility (age-appropriate and consistent with our method of training, of course). It builds confidence, the ability to follow directions from a distance, problem-solving ability, and body awareness. And the search and rescue K9 group I am affiliated with also encourages it. I think the only type of work you do together that would be inappropriate for a SD would be any aggression type of work like schuzhund (sp?) or guarding.
And I agree that it only strengthens the bond.
I say, go for it and have fun!
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