//"I don't think it is wrong to start doing jumps(without the bar or the bar placed on the floor) just so the dog can get used to all the complicated moves you have to make."//
Most ppl see it just that way. almost everyone, seems like, sees jumping as something puppies should get started on...to be good at it later.(?)
I do not think teaching a dog to jump is difficult, at all. At least, it wasn't for my dog, took him one day maybe, to learn to jump over a stick. I don't think jumping is something a dog won't excell at, even if he never jumped as a puppy. Many champion dog jumpers were forbidden from doing much more than a few inches of jumping til they were 18 to 24 mos old, (to protect their hip development)
I think I'm probably not explaining myself the right way
Thinking in dutch, writing in english.... reading in english, translating to dutch..... brain overload
Just to be on the safe side: I don't think puppies should do actual jumping!
But with the bar placed on the floor, they get used to going in between the jump. Jumping will come later, much later.
I have been watching Susan Garrett's vids of her competitions and I have noticed agility is a little different from agility here in europe.
Our courses focus much more on difficult turns, where I feel agility in America and Canada focuses much more on distance controle, more straight lines.
For me, the most difficult thing about agility is, to get Jinx to understand my cues to go left, right, to have me cross behind her, or in front of her.
It's not the actual teaching her to jump or to get her to know the name of the teeter, the tunnel or the ring. That was, at least I think so, the easy part
Also, she clings to me, so getting her to go ahead of me(work at a distance) is soooo hard
We are working on her reading my bodylanguage, following my pointing arms, instead of me shouting jump, left, right(I always mix those up
) So I want to keep my vocal cue's to a minimum, only using it, when there is a change in direction with a jump in sight, which she is NOT supposed to take.
So I was thinking, if I could have started this, the actual giving cue's to which way to go, at an earlier age, it might have been a little easier. But in no way, it decreases the fun we are having right now! Just today we had a fantasic training, a small, difficult course, which she did perfectly!! Whooohooo! We are getting so much better, as I am finally getting what I was doing wrong
Too much waving my arms around