mum24dog Posted July 3, 2012 Report Share Posted July 3, 2012 There are some odd ideas around that Agility dogs are unstable and badly behaved. One poster on here even said that he had been advised not to go near them in the car park at Crufts. My comments here are not specifically Agility related - more an attempt to dispel a myth and Agility is just an example of misguided beliefs that can be held by outsiders about anything. I have just spent 11 days running an Agility show (not single handed) - 6 days competition 1600 dogs entered to run and probably over 2000 dogs present - the majority being BCs/WSDs from all sorts of backgrounds. 18,900 runs in total. Incidents considered serious enough to be reported to me as Show Secretary - 1 broken arm - handler slipped walking her dogs in inappropriate footwear. 1 broken foot - handler slipped in the ring. 1 injured wrist - helper banging in pegs with a wrist broken 8 weeks ago. (All 3 people known to be accident prone.) 1 finger needing stitches - person changing gas bottle. 1 handler bitten by her own dog in the ring.(That was a BC.) 3 dogs taken ill needing veterinary treatment. 1 judge vowing never to judge again because of the behaviour of some handlers towards her - unfortunately she wouldn't name names so they could be dealt with. 1 dog in distress tied to a hedge. 3 people accused of mistreating their dogs. No complaints of dog - dog aggression. Seems like people are more dangerous, especially to themselves. The worst complaint I got about the many dogs allowed to run free in the exercise areas was of some handlers not picking up their dogs' mess. I'm not naive enough to believe that everything else was sweetness and light but the culture is shifting to one where more complaints are being made generally and I find the fact that we had so few remarkable given the numbers involved and the adrenaline fuelled nature of the sport. And I'm not claiming any superiority of behaviour over any other dog activity. Most of us, whether we work our dogs or participate in dog sports or other activities, have a vested interest in our dogs behaving in an acceptable manner and most of us will have a better idea of how to achieve that end than the average person in the street. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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