i was hoping someone would have some insight/advice for me. i have a mini eskie girl, shell be a year in july. we are very active int he fall, spring, summer, but winters here are awful(phila, pa) and i wanted to find something to keep her active, and around other pups, as its hard to get outside for long in the winter. we were thinking of some kind of for-fun agility training, not to compete her or anything. she loves to learn, right now she is leaning to dance- what a sight! :) she passed puppy kindegarten with flying colors, and now thats shes a bit older i think shell be even more receptive to higher training. any ideas would be appreciated, or if anyone is in my area and knows a place...thansk!
If you havne't already, enroll in obedience training. In order for you to do agility training, dogs at the minimum have to have passed an obedience course or prove to the agility trainers that they are trustworthy and will follow commands when off leash. If you call the obedience trainers in your area, they likely will have some insight on where you can look into starting agility training for your dog.
what exactly is the difference? i know agility os the courses, etc, so what does obedience training entail. is it just an extension of what her puppy kindegarten was? we took her to petsmart for that... would their advanced classes be whta you are talking about or no.. also what is tha canine good citizen? sorry to sound naive..this is my first pup- always had kitties..
Obedience classes are more formalized versions of puppy classes. The dogs will learn sit, stay, come, down, long down, long sit, etc. I doubt you will find information on agility courses at the petsmart, instead call around to local kennels in your phone book and see if you can find a 'real' obedience place. Canine Good Citizen (or CGC) is basically a title given when your dog passes a series of politeness tests. Here's a link to some information on what the cgc is. http://www.akc.org/love/cgc/program.cfm and here http://www.akc.org/love/cgc/training_testing.cfm?page=1