I was just wondering how you got started in dog sports with you dog. Not really showing, but agility, carting, flyball, etc.
And how you chose which association to compete in.. I'm not sure about sports like carting, but for agility I've found more than one, and although my dog is still little, I was wondering other than doing a lot of reading how one gets started.
I've read most of the association's websites front to back, but still don't really fully understand what one does next..
The way you get started in agility in our area is by doing obedience. If you think about it, agility is an advanced form of obedience. You are giving the dog commands on where to go, and the dog follows the commands. In order to do agility, your dog has to know basic obedience, and be trustworthy enough to obey your commands when off a leash. So basically you enroll in an obedience class at a dog training academy or school, and generally people know where to go and who to talk to to get started in agility training.
Thank you Minniyar. We are currently in obedience classes... but no one I've met so far has really been into anything formal. Like I know a girl who does doggie frisbee competitions, but it seems way more low key. I was thinkign about taking doggie agility classes, but I've got to wait till Septemebr because it says to wait till a year of age for joint protection.
I was just wondering with so many organizations governing at least agility, how people chose which one to go with. All the websites have info, just they are all a little sketchy on getting started.
***Edited By: mafiaprincess on 2/23/2005 9:01:50 PM*** Reason: spelling
I took agility after I finished obedience. I went to the class for a year and then I decided I didn't like the teacher because she was not consistent. So I quit and haven't gone back since, it's been a year now. I've checked around and found two other agility classes in my area. I'm thinking I'll give the teacher a call and ask if I can sit in and observe and whatever one I think I like the most is the one I will go to when I am ready.