Oct 9, 2002, 12:19 PM
Post #12 of 25
Agility is exciting to watch! Both doggie and handler benefits from the close teamwork/bond required for this demanding and rewarding sport. Thus the agility team needs to have some basic training (IMHO at least to Novice level) before proceeding to actual agility training itself.
To start off agility training, we need the following:
Equipment: Dog walk, table, hurdles, tyre hurdle, A-frame, tunnel (rigid & collapsable), see-saw. Some can be home-made, some may have to be ordered.
Location: About 2 badminton courts size is the minimum for a full course to encompass the whole agility equipment mentioned above. Ideally, indoors for weather-proof! Or an indoor tennis court will do just fine thank you!
Trainers: Dunno anyone who can conduct agility training. Can approach the trainers on 19Oct. Other than that, maybe from videos, books, 1st hand experiences?
Misc: Storage facilities for the agility equipment, finances for rental, etc. One important note for MKA members - Better chk with MKA 1st before embarking on any canine training OUTSIDE the sanctioned training classes to avoid situations faced by our forum member Cheng See. For some reason or other, MKA is very concerned about MKA members getting involved with training OUTSIDE their control. IF this agility training is conducted on PRIVATE facilities, it should be okay. However, if it is conducted on PUBLIC facilities, then it's a NO-NO.
Not trying to pour cold water, just a bit of the real world creeping in. I for one, would like to participate in this exciting sport of dog agility. Definetly a big boost to canine popularity if it can be done and shown to the public.
Those with border collies.. real advantage in agility, I mean man, just look at their speed & control and their eagerness to please. Pure magic!