Betsy Posted September 15, 2014 Report Share Posted September 15, 2014 So yesterday I attended an event at a local dog training center where they do demos of different things such as tracking, agility flyball, etc as well as rescue tables, raffles, etc. I did the little agility course they had set up with my 7-month old. He has never interacted with any of the obstacles before - they had jumps, tunnel, dog walk and a-frame (don't worry everything was pretty much low to the floor, except the A-frame). HE LOVED IT!! I was so surprised that he took to everything immediately and wanted to do it over and over again! I did have to run the A-frame with him to get him to go over the top (yes, I ran all the way up and over it in my nice boots! and had one lady tell me they have never had anyone do that before (I asked first)). But after that he had no problem doing it by himself and came down the other side not-too-fast, not-too-slow. He listened to me better while on that course for 5 minutes than he has at any other time in his life. Anyway, my question is, I have previously been taking classes at a different dog training place. They use shaping (no clickers, just marker words) to teach agility there. They claim they will have better, faster, cleaner running dogs with this method than just teaching the obstacles themselves (using luring or whatever) and are "better" than "that other place" (they never named the other place, but it's about the only other place in town that offers such classes). So, experienced agility people - do you think that is true? Will I get better results if I stick with shaping for teaching the obstacles? If I do, I have to take 2 more classes before you even start using the equipment! But if I go with this other place I can start working with the obstacles right away. Opinions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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