03-27-2013, 05:32 PM
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Actually the advantage is that you have both options available to you. Agility trials are held both indoors and outdoors, depending on who's hosting it and what they have available. There was a NADAC trial here that was outdoors, but the AKC one this weekend is indoors. Trials are often on a variety of different substrates too. Some run on grass, some dirt, some carpet, some turf. Dogs learn to do well and perform no matter what they're running on or where they're at.
You might find that at first, your dog will be more distracted outdoors. But you can work through that if it means it's better for your checkbook.
I would probably be more concerned about the quality of coaching and the experience of the trainers. If you are doing it just for fun, it probably doesn't matter as long as the trainers are having fun and staying upbeat. But if you're looking to compete, it can make a lot of difference.