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How Should I Go About Training and Classes?

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Hello, everyone! I am a BC beginner and I will be getting my first Border Collie. She will be just about 8 weeks old when I pick her up. I am extremely excited, as I've been searching for the right puppy for a few years now.

Even though she comes from a strictly herding line, I've decided that I would like to train her for both flyball and agility when she's older. I've been involved in flyball for about two years now and I am a complete beginner in agility. So, I have a bit of a dilemma that I'm hoping a few of you can help with.

 

How should I go about as far as training classes go? More specifically, which classes should I take (obedience, foundation agility, etc.) and when is a puppy considered old enough to begin said classes? I'm aware that a puppy cannot be subjected to repetitive, strenuous activity until they are about a year old. That being said, what should I be doing with my puppy until then?

 

Also, are there any general (not necessarily sports-related) training tips you can offer? Or any information you'd feel would help a novice?

 

I'm a bit nervous for my first BC and I want to do things to the best of my ability. So, any knowledge would be incredibly appreciated! Thank you!

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there is lots of groundwork for both flyball and agility that can be done without worrying about joints and growth issues. basic obedience is needed for both, although I am only really familiar with agility. the dog needs a good sit, down, come and stay. following your hands (shadowing) and targeting a plate or bitter tub lid can all be trained now, in very small doses (5 min a day, maybe 2x a day if desired). the pup can also be exposed to things like a wobble board. there are lots of good puppy classes and trainers in Pa. which side of the state are you in?

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