Getting started with agility..FINALLY!!:)

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  1. Kayla

    Kayla New Member

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    I've decided 2010 will be the year I stop procrasinating and finally get involved in agility training with Duke.:)

    We've had a good year in the Obidience and Rally Obidience atmohpshere and I finally feel, after two years of work, that Duke's ability to recover from going over threashold, and stress tolerance has gotten to a level where he can enjoy, and be successful at agility trials.

    I've just found a few DVD's/ books I'd like to review before narrowing down where to take lessons, and whether or not to do group or private but I was wondering what everyone thinks of the DVD's/ books I've been reviewing and am getting ready to order ( but Id like some Chaz imput first:)).

    -2 x 2 Weave Training- DVD set- Susan Garret ( I audited two agility camps at Say Yes Dog Training, and deffiently want this DVD set)

    -Foundation Agility Training- DVD Greg Darret (It's a bit expensive, but I think I'd rather start off on the right foot from the get go)

    -All About Agility- Jacqueline O'Neil (It's relatively inexpensive, and recieved good reviews on amazon.ca)

    Lastly I found two books which recieved good reviews detailing massage and flexibility training (does anyone have any other recommendation on the topic?)

    -Body work for dogs- DVD -Lyn Vaughan and Deborah Jones

    -The healthy way to stretch your dog- Sasha foster and Ashley foster

    By the way did I mention I'm super excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Thanks for any imput,

    Kayla
     
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    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    I miss you on msn :(

    I'm glad you are getting started I think you 2 will have a blast. I haven't gotten to see too many dvds can't help you there hun, sorry.
     
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    Hi,

    You'll have a blast!!

    Absolutely agree with Garrett's and Derritt's dvd's.

    I would also strongly getting a subscription to Clean Run, it is worth every penny.

    I make one huge order from Clean Run a year plus get X-mas gifts from there every year. Great place to find the best agility dvd's and books.

    I have Canine Massage & Stretching by Haase and Oleby, I had my Vet/Chiro check it out and she thought it was very good.

    Good luck
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    I say go private or semi private. One knowing you and your desire to learn you will like the more attention for your money :p As well it would likely be less stressful for Duke (agility kicks it up a whole nother level).
     
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    I like the Moe Strenfel foundation DVD (Foundation Training For Agility). Its a 3 DVD set, and $39.99 on cleanrun, really worth its money. I havent watched Darrets DVD, but I was told some things that were on it, and I have a friend who saw both of them (and decided to go the Moe Strenfel way with her puppy). I would for sure pick Darrets other products for other situations, but I really like her foundation DVD the best of what is available.

    Someone else said taking privates first - I second that! It'll give you a great handle on things, and groups dont give you nearly the kind of one on one that you might want. I know a lot of people who just take privates twice a month.

    Agility is soo much fun :D
     
  6. Kayla

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    Thanks for all of the great tips everyone!

    I have one question I am looking at ordering two sets of 2x 2's off clean run (each set has three bases and 6 poles) and I'm wondering if I need the 22'' spacing or the 24'' spacing?

    I think I will start with privates on everyones advice, I promise to take a video once we get started with Susan Garret's 2x2's DVD.

    Kayla
     
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    Kayla,

    Go with the 24 inch spacing because in AAC the spacing changes Sept 2010 to 24's from 22. Of course that is assuming that you are going to compete in AAC :)
     
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    Thanks so much this is excactly what I needed to know:) Will see how far we get but eventually yes I think we would go AAC. I'm just starting my hunt for a location to take private lessons at if anyone has any recommendations for the surrounding areas around Toronto (I'm willing to travel up to an hour and a half) that you've had a good experince with please feel free to PM me.

    Kayla
     
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    Clean run's shipping sucks almost like no other.. and I do a decent amount of US shopping. I'd avoid buying anythign heavy from them.. as I've known people who paid a stupid amount in shipping and duty when all they ordered was dvds..

    Good number of people in Ontario make 2x2 bases to both specs.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up Laura:)

    I'm wondering if you could PM me the contact info for anyone you know of who makes 2 x 2 bases here in Ontario.

    Kayla
     
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    If you ant I can find my old agiliy instructors email. I know her husband makes weaves (and other stuff), for a decent price.
    She lives ut near petrbourgh thou, but teachs in Ajax.
     

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