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I think Flip is going to make a great obediece dog some day. And he'll probably be a decent field dog too. But he keeps informing me that his true passion would be agility. But I don't see that happening since there isn't a class around here I can attend. I tried training my Lhasa Apso without a class, but I just couldn't stay motivated enough.

On a related note, what is the highest you would allow a 5 month old golden to jump? My jumps don't have a 4 inch setting, so my option I guess is 8 inches or bar on the ground.
 

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I think a 5 month old could handle most jumps as long as they were set up on grass. I'd be leary of jumping (and landing) on concrete or pavement.
 

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You could put ends of the bar on 8" and set them as cross bars - that would give you a 4" jump. I do think that 8" is fine so long as you aren't doing a lot of jumping...if it's important to you to have a 4" straight bar you can use larger PVC "poles" between your uprights, or use dented soda cans. I've also used the soda cans with bars to work cavallettis...
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...if it's important to you to have a 4" straight bar Erica
It's only important to me if that's what is needed. All of my other dogs were older when I started training them, so I'm not sure what is appropriate heights for different ages. If every seems to think that 8" is fine then we will do that.
 

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I didn't (and probably won't with my next dog) start them on jumps until they were about a year old - and then we did the 8" jumps. Prior to that we worked other stuff - contacts, tunnels, stays, waits, front, rear and blind crosses - all of the other basics. I did some ladder work for hind-end awareness and when I needed a "jump" I used poles at or near the ground between two standards...
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The only thing I'm really wanting the jumps for right now is to teach directed jumping (for obedience).
 

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I started Mira on 8 inch jumps at 6 months old, mostly just to teach concepts and handling, not really working on jumping. For agility you can also use a bar on the ground, which I did as well prior to 6 months. I am not sure how many reps you do in obedience work/training but I would think 8 inches would be fine.

On another note, I think you should do agility! It really is so much fun!
 

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The only thing I'm really wanting the jumps for right now is to teach directed jumping (for obedience).
I think 8" is fine for that - you probably are going to be doing a whole lot more going than jumping, and you won't be doing weird angles where he is expected to land and turn sharply.

Have fun!
 
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