Join a group, look for ones on AKC and try to go to a few events to get a feel for it. There are classes offered everywhere, reseach some around your area, and books are also helpful, there is a lot of items you can get to train for it
i would defintly pick up some starter books and join a club. go and watch first and ask alot of questions. This could help avoid making bad habits in the dog when you first get it. temperment selection will be vital to the dogs success. Ask some questions on how to look for a good working dog. or even better make a friend and ask them to assit you in finding a good soprt dog. some dogs just do not have an interest in working, some dogs will lives will revolve around it. Most dogs that are eager workers usually require more dilgent and consitent early training. these are usually high energy dogs often mis called hyper. these dogs can be a handful when for a few months till you channel that energy to the sport. but i assure once you get the dog's energy in the right direction you will have a dog that is extremly obedient and loving, with a hint of impressivness. some breeds are have better track record than others in the sport. Labs, border colllies, austraillian shepards, cattle dogs are just to name a few.good luck
Hi! I have a dog named Little Lady who I just started in agility a few months ago. I started her up at Paws For Applause. I love it! Lady is doing sooooo good!!! I can't find the address for the web site right now but if you type in Paws For Applause, Paws For Applause Agility Scool will pop up. Then clisk on that and it will give you all the info. you need. If you would like to call the director her name is Bonnie Norris and her phone number is 972-475-9253. I hope that helped! Good Luck!! :)
I dont know what age the dog is that you are getting, but they aren't supposed to jump until their bones are mature. Another options, if you're in the DFW area is Chuting Stars. Laura Yarbrough is the trainer. I've loved taking her classes and the fellow students are usually great folks to. My dogs love it also.
I (gbroxon) didn't start this threat. My son (basenjifreak) didn't realize he was under my login when he posted the question. However, he is very interested in agility training for our newest family member (a one-year-old Basenji named Magnum), who we don't even get 'til Dec. 23. I've told him let's get to know the dog first, get through basic obedience, and then we'll see about agility training.
We will be going to a show in early January and are excited about seeing some agility trials (is that what they're called?). It'll be the first dog show we've ever gone to, and we're very excited about it.
Hopefully, if Magnum does well in obedience and we decide to go for agility, we'll be able to find something a little nearer than TX, as we live in Minnesota. That'd be quite a drive, no? =)
***Edited By: gbroxon on 12/17/2004 11:35:27 PM*** Reason: added something