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janthk
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Aug 16, 2005, 11:20 PM

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Last week was the first time for Scruffy trying out Agility Equipments. He can do the jumps beautifully. However, he does not event wanna put his paws onto the Aframe. Anyone has any idea how to get him to wanna walk the Aframe?


groovemaster
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Aug 17, 2005, 1:36 AM

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Wink Hi jan, d Aframe dat u mentioned b4 is set quite high bout 6 ft, which is d competition height actually. D majority of dogs will find d frame a daunting obstacle 2 climb wat more ven its set so steep Mad. Ven training 4 d frame, best 2 start at lower levels around 3-4 feet high. Hence u can easily coax, tug or push him 2 walk across it. Ven heís comfortable with d height, den u can set d frame at 5-6 feet for more serious training.

But most Aframes u c r already set at a certain height n mgmt is usually unwilling 2 adjust it 2 a lower height. So u r stuck with it. Another way 2 train ur dog is back-chaining or performing d obstacle in reverse order ie. get him 2 perform d descent on d downside plank 1st. Lift him 2 into a higher position on the downside plank n heíll naturally walk down. Ven heís comfortable with dis, try placing him at d apex n coax him 2 walk down from dat height. After a few sessions, he shld b fairly comfortable with d apex n u can den start on d ascent on the upside plank.

As he already knows wats on d other side, heíll b less hesitant 2 climb d frame. 2 climb d frame, uíll need some run up n momentum 4 d dog 2 scramble over d apex, especially 4 medium 2 large sized dogs. Start ur run up bout 10-15 feet away from d base. Ven he can perform d Aframe, just watch out 4 d descent so dat he doesnt jump off too soon. In d trials, 1 of his paws have 2 make contact with last portion of d downside plank (usually painted in a different colour bout 3 feet from d end of d plank) 2 exhibit control n also 4 safety reasons. Otherwise uíll b called 4 a fault. Crazy

Good 2 hear dat heís taken 2 d jumps like fish 2 water. If heís still < 1yo, just keep d jumps training 2 a minimum n at low levels as his hind legs n joints r still developing. After 1yo, u can hv a blast!
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janthk
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Aug 17, 2005, 6:13 AM

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Thanks for the advice. I must say what you said really made sense. I will try that the next time.

However, as far as the jumps are concern, he can jump alright. But he does not do it like a fish in water. Reason is again it is very difficult to get him to focus when we are anywhere but at home especially when there are people and dogs around. So need to train on his concentration now. Smile So it is a chore to get him to pay attention on the jumps. But once in a while when he focus then he clears the jumps pretty easily.

So are there any agility gatherings so that the doggies can train together?Tongue At least then Scruffy and I can ask for your professional advice and pointers.


groovemaster
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Aug 17, 2005, 8:33 PM

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Yah Scruffy seems pretty light n nimble at his feet so not surprisingly, he can handle d jumps reasonably well ven he wants 2.

Ppycom conducts agility training sessions n dey hv really cool competition sized obstacles, so u may wanna check dat out ven uíve completed d ob training. V do try n hv our monthly homemade agility obstacle sessions just 4 fun (not quite d real thing). Yar its sumtimes much easier 2 demonstrate d move rather den explaining it. Not a pro but more den willing 2 share. Cool

Groovy, ĎI like d AframeÖmakes me look taller.í
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