Discussion in 'Off-Topic & Chit Chat' started by CollieMan, Nov 21, 2007.
If you were off-topic, then so was I!
Don't I know it. Can you tell that I'm not a cat person?
xsara: I didn't mean only socialisation, but also beginning agility. Many dog clubs and trainers are starting puppies with an adapted agility program that won't put as much stress on their joints, while still teaching the basics.
On Ian Dunbar's web site, there's a new article by Brad Carlson who writes: "You can start immediately, with certain recommendations."
They start training with pups at 2 months. I started modified training with my Jack Russell when she was about 3 months old. She had a little trouble with fear of heights on a see-through bridge, but immediately fell in love with ramps and stairs. No trouble getting her up, but coming back down was an issue since she loved just sitting up there and looking around. <g> I'm just starting her on a full-size teeter. We began with a mini-teeter and it wasn't a problem.
bipa: I know many modern trainers teach agility at young age and I think that's great. But on the other hand the fact is also that many agility handlers still feel this is wrong and since Silvia is kind of famous for her work with dogs and she also works with puppies, they openly disagree with her. We were just discussing her case. But you are right, it's important to clear this things out for the other people who read this, I wouldn't want anybody to get the wrong impression! So yeah, many modern trainers do ground work with puppies, Silvia is just one of them.
CollieMan: I would say it's quite obvious that you're not a cat person :dognowink:
Now, if we can get back to the important business of determining when my Silvia fan-club t-shirt will be arriving.
You can lower all obstacles to accomodate a younger dog (dog walk, a-frame and teeter). The teeter is the scariest one of all for dogs since it makes noise and they have to balance themselves on it.
But I've also heard that you should avoid doing the weaves for a while, until the dog is approximately 8months old or older. I assume they say that because the dog has to twists his body in all different angles.
But anyhow, training a puppy to do agility should all be about fun. Never any corrections. Start small and move from there.
I couldn't agree more!
I'm sorry but I haven't recieved your subscription fee yet :dogrolleyes:
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