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Old 03-27-2013, 03:19 PM
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Agility, Indoor anor Outdoor?

Just a question....
Willow is doing Agility classes right now inside of a facility once a week, she is doing awesome. But the cost is getting to be to much for me ($140 for 6 classes) and she is only in the 3rd begginers class so we have far to go still.
There is a place not to far from me that also has Agility Classes but the course is outside and it's alot less expensive ($145 for 10 classes).
Is there an advantage or disadvantage in being indoor or outdoor?
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Personally, I think both facilities will offer different types of distractions and training opportunities. Outside will generally be kinder on joints due to grass, but will have the "natural" distractions of sticks, birds, etc. Sticks are Quest's downfall.

Indoors will be more clinical and most likely will echo (which can be a distraciton itself).

We mostly practice outside and will be going to a full agility outdoor course on Friday to practice on some of the larger obsticles that I don't have at home.

If you're doing it for fun, I think it's personal preference and what is available to you both location-wise and financially. If you're going to be competing and haven't practiced under similar circumstances as what you will be competing on, I'd try to get out and do it. If you at an outdoor trial and your dog has never practiced outdoors, it could go crazy on distraction overload.
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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.
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Well I would love to compete someday but I am would enter a compition more for fun (if you know what I mean).
I saw there are competitions that are just jumps, I think Willow would do awesome at that! But I love watching her do all the obstacles, her favorite of course is the tunnel...

Question with targets.... When your dog is going on lets say the A Frame. Do they have to stop at the end before going on? Willow does not stop, I taught her to do a running target (always hits the bottom). The lady that is teaching the class I'm at now hates the fact she does this and has told me we can not move on until she learns to stop at the end of each target. This is another reason why I want to try a class somewhere else.
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You do not have to stop at the bottom. Many trainers are doing so as a failsafe so they don't get docked for missing contact zones. It's a personal choice on how you want to teach.
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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.
This is definantly a factor. They seem to have good reviews and have many dogs that have competed and won. Hopefully this will be a smart move. we will see...


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You do not have to stop at the bottom. Many trainers are doing so as a failsafe so they don't get docked for missing contact zones. It's a personal choice on how you want to teach.
Thats what I thought.... I watch videos all the time and most of the dogs keep running.... I'm going to continue training her on the running target, thanks!
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