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So, I've typed this up multiple times and never posted it because it feels like such a dumb question.

But... how does one just spectate at an agility trial? I'm lucky in that there are many agility trials held in my area, and while I'm still waiting for my future dog, I'd like to watch some agility trials to see if it's something I'd be interested in someday.

Anyway, all the brochures and flyers and whatnot all are aimed at the competitors. Which makes sense, since they're the ones who need all the details! I just don't know anyone in the "agility world" so to speak, so I have no idea what's expected of spectators. Is there a fee to observe? I'm guessing not. The etiquette part is generally self-explanatory, as most of the premiums mention what they expect and the rest is just common sense. I just am at a loss for actually going and not being too out of place. Can I just show up and wander in and watch? I mean, I know a lot is going to depend on the host and the specific event, but even just generic advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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IDK how trials are up by you, but the trials I have been to, there is no cover and you can wander anywhere. Heck, if you're feeling adventurous you could volunteer for something like ring crew. Might help you get a front row seat to the runs and also help you meet new people in the hobby.
 
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IDK how trials are up by you, but the trials I have been to, there is no cover and you can wander anywhere. Heck, if you're feeling adventurous you could volunteer for something like ring crew. Might help you get a front row seat to the runs and also help you meet new people in the hobby.
I'm super shy and awkward, so I'll probably just watch the first time, but volunteering in the future is a really great idea. Thank you!
 
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Totally just show up! I bring Levi and sit near/but not so close to be distracting. It's been awesome at getting him to be calm around other dogs, and everyone wants to pet him, so he gets awesome socialization.
 
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Yup just show up and hang out. Our first trial at the same place they were holding a horse competition so we had lots of random spectators who where there to compete in the horse comp come over and watch inbetween their stuff. Most people are pretty friendly and willing to answer questions so long as they aren't rushing to get to the ring/lined up for their turn etc
 
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Thank you all so much! :)

Looks like in a few weeks I'll be going to check out an agility trial, then. I'm excited to see what it's like and maybe even get to meet a few awesome folks and their pups.
 

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Thank you all so much! :)

Looks like in a few weeks I'll be going to check out an agility trial, then. I'm excited to see what it's like and maybe even get to meet a few awesome folks and their pups.
They are so fun. Once you go to one, you'll be totally hooked!
 
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Just go and observe! I bring my dog and work on obedience while we're there, trying not to be an inconvenience to the competitors of course. One of the trainers I've had advises all of his students to take their dogs to agility trials so as to practice working through distractions.
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Also gives you the opportunity to survey the trainers in your area. Watch how people handle, which one you think identifies the most with you, find out where they train. Will help in the long run of finding a place for you to train at eventually.
 
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Just go and observe! I bring my dog and work on obedience while we're there, trying not to be an inconvenience to the competitors of course. One of the trainers I've had advises all of his students to take their dogs to agility trials so as to practice working through distractions.
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Yeah, I definitely plan to do that once I do have a dog! I've heard several people suggest that and it does seem like a really good idea.
 
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