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Went to observe an advanced (very advanced) agility class last night taught by a local, very experienced, agility instructor. She has fit more agility equipment on one acre than I have ever seen before! I was very impressed. I had to keep reminding myself that these were older, very experienced dogs. An owner would put a dog in a down stay and the dog would happily assume that position forever if that's what the owner desired! Most of these dogs have advanced together from rookies in agility and most have earned champion status in the sport! My Dakota--goodness--would be making passes at all the lady dogs--not that he could follow-through!!--and challenging all of the guy dogs to a game of keep-away!

However, I do believe it is the right time to advance him into agility. He, like most doodles, has the personality and the drive which is what it takes. The instructor told me stories about some of the dogs she instructed. One was an excellent agility dog (don't recall the breed) but could not compete because it was afraid of crowds and afraid of the judges. I think you would agree that most of our doodles are hamburgers and have little or no fear! Another dog she taught--or tried to teach--was a standard poodle that would not take any commands from its owner. Only wanted to play catch-me-if-you-can. After 8 weeks she told the owner that without further obedience training, agility was a waste of time and money. Dakota is very bull headed but will take instruction. This would be especially true in agility because I am so sure that he would simply love it.

So bottom line, despite my husband's reluctance (he believes Dakota is too young--I believe he doesn't want to see his "little boy" grow up) I'm going to start Dakota in private agility lessons until a semi private beginners class becomes available. I am very excited to be pursuing this sport with, what I believe, is a very capable dog!! Don't know when a private class will be available but I told the instructor that another couple of months wait would be ok and allow me further time to work with obedience. Cross your body parts for us!

Diane and Dakota
 

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How exciting and you know all of us will be pulling for Dakota :D Where did you go to watch? I assume it was in Sacramento. I would be curious to go see it.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement, Terri and Sue!

Hey Terri--that's wonderful that you would like to observe a class. Last night I went to Greythounds Agility in Carmichael which is one of the three Sacramento facilities recommended to me by a friend who has been involved in agility for years. Don't recall the names of the other two training facilities but one is in North Highlands and one is in Elk Grove. Don't know what is closest to you but if you would want to observe a class at Greythounds, I would love to go with you! I figure the more I observe the better it will serve me. Donna does not intruct this July but will resume in August. If you are interested, let me know and I'll schedule something for us. Her most advanced class in Wed night at 8:00. I'm sure Dakota would love to practice agility with Abby!! :wink:
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How exciting!! I'm totally pulling for you both. Looking forward to hearing about the whole process once you get under way. AWESOME!
 

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Hi Diane - I would love to join you and Dakota to observe the agility classes! Of course, Abby is a long way from going to classes, since she is only 5.5 months old, but it would be interesting to see what goes on at those events, plus we can meet. I live in Folsom so the one in Carmichael would be ideal so let me know next time you are going and I will try to meet up with you and Dakota :)

Sounds like Dakota will have a cheering section :lol: Maybe I can talk Abby into wearing bows and holding a pom-pom in her mouth to cheer too :shock:
 

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How is the agility coming. My little Sister and I have been taking agility lessons for over 1 year. She couldn't compete until she was 16 months. We just finished the Novice Class and now are in Open. I LOVE the sport and Sister is so excited to "play" on the equipment. :D
 

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How cool!
I wish we had things like that closer to home. I'd love to at least be able to watch!
Good luck with Dakota... I bet he'll do great.
 

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Diane this is something you've wanted to do with Dakota for a while.
I say GO FOR IT!
 
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