Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Agili-doggin'

For the past 6 weeks, Edison has been taking an Agility Class at Mud Puppies.

During this class, we focus on learning the different obstacles, including: tire jump, broad jump, pole jump, teeter, dog walk, and tunnel.
All of the obstacles were made by our trainer, Ronna, to ACK regulations.  She told us how to make all the obstacles so that we could make them at home, too (which is great, because the equipment is really expensive).
What we loved so much was that Ronna really focuses on safety and learning the obstacles slowly.  She taught us several stretches to do before practicing – they’re good to do before any workout, really.

Edison was a rockstar with any of the things that he had to climb onto (i.e. teeter, board walk).  He’ll definitely need some work on those obstacles that he needs “back-end awareness” (dogs are apparently like front-wheel drive cars), although with a little practice I’m sure he’ll pick it up quickly.

We’d love to get Tesla in on these classes sometime in the future, too, although for completely different reasons.  For Tess, this class would work (and hopefully boost!) her confidence.  Climbing up on and going through objects takes confidence – something that she tends to lack!

Edison really loved these classes.  They not only were great for giving him a job and wearing him out a little, but they were perfect for getting Edison used to being near other dogs without melting down.  Each class he got more and more relaxed (well...I’m not sure he ever is really relaxed in public...) and did really well hanging out in the ring with the other dogs.


If we work on his focus and impulse control around other dogs, I think that agility is something that Edison could really excel at and have a lot of fun.  Luckily, we have Countryside Agility training center within a half hour of us.  Who knows, maybe we’ll end up like Wallace?

Have you and your pooch been working on anything fun lately?
Special thanks to our friend Ashley for coming to take photos for us yesterday!

9 comments:

  1. That looks like so much fun. I wonder if there is anything like that around here for us? Hmmmm. I'm going to have to check it out.

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  2. He looks so happy! And did I read that correctly that dogs need to stretch before working out? Interesting...

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    1. It's true! Limbering up helps to reduce the risk of injury, just like for us!

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  3. Oooo, how awesome! Ed is a rockstar! Can I request some future posts about the stretches you do before agility? As well as one on how to make the homemade agility equipment? =)

    I'd love for Athena to try out agility some day, I think it would give her experience with SO many scary things! We started flyball in January and are still going at it because Athena loves it so much! I think she might even start competing on a team in the near future!!!! We were taught some stretches to do with Athena for flyball and I'm wondering if they are similar to the ones you do with Ed, or maybe you guys have some new ones we'd like to try!

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    1. Great requests! You may have just given me my post for Friday (if I can get my act together and get some photos taken...so no promises). As for the homemade equipment, absolutely. We actually are working on getting it all made now, so I will start documenting and put some posts together in the next few weeks. Look for a week of equipment posts sometime in the next month or two!!

      That is the reason why I want to put Tess through the course, too - but she is definitely NOT an agility dog! But I think that it would be good for her confidence.

      Also, you should definitely post some video of her flyballin' because she is so adorable.

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  4. Congrats, Edison! You guys are inspiring me to get Madigan's agility equipment out again! That class really helped her confidence and helped to build the bond between us. It is also just really fun! I think it would be great for Tesla! I always tell people who are interested in the class how great it is, even if you don't want to actually compete in agility. Any time spent learning something new with your dog is time well spent.

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    1. Thanks!! Yeah, we had a blast in class -- looking forward to taking Tess, for sure.

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  5. Lainey and I had signed up for an intro to Agility class last year, but unfortunately, she tore her ACL and we had to back out of the class. Once she is healed and ready to go, I hope to sign up again.
    I had actually not thought about it in quite some time (due to all of Lainey's injuries/surgeries) so I'm glad you reminded me.
    Can't wait to see future posts!

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  6. What a good boy! He's totally proud. I love what a good job you do of building on your dogs' individual strengths.

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