Went to my first agility class tonight. The other dogs were already familiar with the equipment set up and mine started to catch on pretty well, but always seemed like she was wanting to leave the training area. She did seem happy when she finished and was successful and got praised, but I have no idea what these classes are like so I have nothing to compare. Some of the other dogs seemed thrilled to be there and were trained enough to be off lead...is it just a matter of time?
Wasn't all that interested in the treats..would take them, but seemed really nervous. She can be a little skittish, but what I'm wondering is if there is supposed to be a lot of instruction going on or basically just guiding the dogs through the course. There really wasn't instruction, but she got it anyway after the fourth try...but of course still with me guiding on the lead.
Was she on leash during the course? Maybe it was all just a bit much for her.
When I first started with Riley he had to stay on leash and we did one piece of equipment at a time and learned how to do it properly. Then she added another, and another, and we formed a very small course. All on leash. After 4 weeks they were taken off leash.
To me it sounds like you are in a more advanced class. May need to go down a notch.
Sheri, i am involved with another sport. but this is something i learned from an agility trainer. If a dog does not have confidence. we have to build it. through praise and play. The woman i talked to never, ever corrected or punishent a dog on the field. it always play. and it was extremely short. 3 minutes or less and vak to the crate. this makes the training fun and intense and stops before the dog gets bored. if next time you go train 1 thing like jumping the hurdle the first time you see improvement. make a big production and run the dog back to the car or crate. that session was a success. first we need confidence, not perfection. I prefer not a lot formaility in training it's boring. find someone with a happy, successful dog. and start picking thier brain. people in dog sports are often very delighted to find a person willing to take thier advice. that is one take on it. the agility trainer also said, some dogs take more time. she dogs are like wet cement if you force the cement to dry and keep messing with it. it will not hold and come out crappy. same for dogs you have to take what they will give you. I have a female malinois, whom has been very possessive. most would have nipped this in the bud. I left it alone. let her be possessive, i just taught her toys are not fun by herself. keeping toys sucks. now playing with me is the funnest thing she has ever done. Addie had a really good day at training with me today. the best yet. She is only 5 mos. and shows much promise. I just kept at it. keep going, people in dog sports see people come and go. and they sometimes they will not warm up till they believe you are going to stay.
scout is in agility classes again. when we first started out we did one piece of equipment at a time to get the dogs familiar with the equipment and to learn how to do it properly.
scout is overconfident when it comes to stuff and took each peice of equipment readily. with the more apprehensive dogs they were shown the equipment in baby steps. like two paws on and then a treat and so on like that until they did it all at once.
my main problem with scout is control. her breed is not cut out for obedience because they are a very independent breed and tend to think they know best. scout tends to want to do the course her way and in what order she prefers. so there are times when she is dead on excellent and times when she takes off and does her own thing. we are in a private class right now so we can work on control with her. i hope one day we willget the control we need with her because she loves it so much i would love to compete with her.
Oh yeah... what kind of treats are you using? You need something very appealing. We use string cheese, all the dogs love it.
The one day.. it was a full moon, all the dogs were acting up and didn't want to do anything! They were just AWFUL! The trainer pulled out onion bagels and guess what? They all responded and went nuts. Silly dogs.
In class used cut up barbque chicken breast...I think she was just nervous in the environment because tonight at home was leaping over a broomstick for a single reese peanut butter cereal puff. We'll see next Monday if she is a little more comfortable.