A dog & canine forum. DogBanter

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

Go Back   Home » DogBanter forum » Dog forums » Dog behavior
Site Map Home Register Authors List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Web Partners

For Novice A Agility Competitors



 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old May 24th 04, 03:26 PM
Robin Nuttall
external usenet poster
 
Posts: n/a
Default For Novice A Agility Competitors

After going to an AKC trial this past weekend, I've got some suggestions
for Novice A people to consider before entering their dog in a trial.
This is specific to AKC where Training in the Ring (TIR) is not allowed.
I also have a couple of suggestions for some NON Novices!!

1. Before even thinking about coming to a real trial, make sure your dog
will COME WHEN CALLED. Having your dog take off from you at the start
line or during your run to zip out of the ring, posture aggressively to
other dogs, try to pick a fight, then hold up the whole trial for 15
minutes while refusing to be caught by you or anyone else is NOT
fun--not for the dog, not for you, not for the judge, not for the rest
of the competitors.

2. You really can't deliberately touch your dog during the run and get
away with it. Chuffing it upside the head for refusing to go on the
teeter, then picking up and plonking it down onto the teeter even
*after* being whistled by the judge is a really, really bad idea.

3. Kicking dirt at your dog because you are mad isn't terribly good
sportsmanship.

4. When the judge advises in the briefing that trying the weaves more
than 4 times is probably not a good thing, she generally knows what
she's talking about. Think about what you are doing to your dog by
trying them 5, 6, or more times. Ditto trying to force the dog to do
obstacles.

These are for everybody

5. If you are about to finish your MACH, don't stop at the end of your
run and turn your back on your dog to yell "did I Q!" to the judge while
your dog runs amok outside the ring getting in other dogs' faces.
Further, when told by the judge that yes, you WERE clean until you
performed above stunt, but have now been NQd for not controlling your
dog, don't have a screaming tantrum because you were stoopid.

6. Give your dog enough room to take the first jump! With the advent of
electronic timers and starts that actually start with jump 1, I'm seeing
more and more people sticking their dogs *right* in front of the
jump--sometimes less than 5 feet away--then expecting them to take it.
I'm seeing lots of dropped bars, and even when the bar isn't dropped
you're asking your dog to do a vertical lift from a standstill. It's not
good for your dog and it means your dog will not be crossing that jump
at full speed.

 




Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Agility Survey Leah Dog behavior 0 April 1st 04 12:04 AM
Agility Survey Leah Dog behavior 0 April 1st 04 12:04 AM
Agility Survey Leah Dog behavior 0 April 1st 04 12:04 AM
Ping: Melanie Debbie S Dog behavior 966 January 20th 04 05:18 PM
1 Day Left to Enroll in the 2003 Texas Iron Dogs Camp Andrew Mouser Dog activities 0 October 14th 03 12:12 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0 (Unauthorized Upgrade)
Copyright 2004-2019 DogBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.