doggy confirmation

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  1. MEG126

    MEG126 New Member

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    hi! i have a golden retriever, penny and i've trained her to jump over things and i'm thinking about training her in other aspects of agility... she can jump a solid 2'6" (it was a picnic table on it's side) which i personally think is pretty impressive (maybe because i taught her myself.. but you know ;) ) but to the point:

    my friend and i ride horses and she's been looking into lots of different horses' confirmation to determine if they'd be a good jumper and i was wondering, do people do that for dogs that are being trained for agility? (i know they do for the dog shows...) like i know for horses, you want their back legs under them, and don't want them build downhbill, and the long versus short back is debatable, but i was wondering if trainers have similar standards for dogs that do agility? just curious!

    thanks, meg :)
     
  2. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Check out the "north lapeer canine acadamy" website, they have alot of info on agility, they personally have used rescued mixes and they seem to be using stockdogs.
     
  4. agilitydobemom

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    I participate in agility and no they do not look at conformation that does not matter
     
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    RedHotDobe aka RedHotBabe

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    I'm always the late poster, but I'll go ahead anyway. :)

    Yes, conformation does matter in agility. If the dog isn't built properly, they may not be able to execute jumps, weaves, etc. correctly. But as far as being trained, no, I don't think they selectively train only those that will do well in competition.
     
  6. caseyolee

    caseyolee Border Collies R' Us

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    I can't say this enough. When it comes to working dogs, conformation plays NO role. As a Border Collie breeder/trainer, I get a lot of this.
     
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    like Caseyolee said. any dog can do agility as long as it is not blind or deaf. Ive even met a 3 legged Dobe that did agility just not competition.
     
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    IT doesn’t matter in the slightest as long as the dog is healthy and fit it doesn’t matter AT ALL. You get different build at the top all the time i personally prefer longer legged dogs but you get short legged at the top as well.

    Here in the uk standard jumping height is 2,6 over in the us and the fci it is less than that.
     

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