Agility Peeps, Please. Small dog.....
I originally posted this in "Other Pets", but since it is Agility-based, I am hoping for some advice from the wonderful GR training thread.
I have my 3.5 year old Papillon in Novice Agility classes. I have two questions for the Agility folks out there. Piper is in a class with mixed small and large dogs. Two of the large dogs have a very high prey drive. One is a Belgian Malinois and one is a Briard. I have to put Piper in a wire crate when they are working and she shies away from them when she has to work close to them as they are growling. I feel that she is not getting much out of the class. The trainer says that it is good experience for her for future competition and she needs to learn not to be a "baby". Secondly, the jumps are set down for the small dogs and raised for the large dogs, but the A-frame, etc. is very tall and she can do it well, but the height concerns me. Please advise. The trainer has told me that she hasn't had a dog that is such a natural in years, so I would like to pursue agility with her. Other options are limited in my area and I work full time so travel to other areas is too time-consuming. Thanks so much. Vicki and Piper
That is a tough one. The owners of the growling dogs - can they put their dogs in crates while Piper runs? This is how the classes I am in are run. Non working dogs are kept in crates or held on leash. Reactive dogs are given space but the handlers are expected to keep a close eye on them just as we are expected to give them the space they need; it has nothing to do with not being a baby but everything to do with your dogs' safety.
The classes I am in also do not reset the AFrame height.
Would you be able to do some privates, and some ring rentals instead of this class?
While classes are nice for the atmosphere of them, I have always found I learn a ton more from privates, even though I do not have them as frequent as I would a class.
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