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Discussion in 'Agility' started by Pam, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Pam

    Pam Forums Enthusiast

    Mar 4, 2017
    How do people routinely practice agility between lessons? Do you have such a big yard it can accomodate? Do you own lots of obstacles? Just starting out, I'm wondering what to do. I have a small backyard and don't quite know how to get practice in.
  2. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

    Aug 28, 2011
    Grosse Pointe, Michigan
    I practice for obedience in my home and in the yard too. My yard is not that big. I have not done obstacles. But, I bet doing any training, even in small spaces will teach your dog to focus and listen. Just my 2 cents. Besides, Beau is a fast learner and super enthusiastic!
  3. Pam

    Pam Forums Enthusiast

    Mar 4, 2017
    Oh, I train all the time in my yard (it is a bit of a strain as Beau would rather chase the airplanes--we live 15 minutes from an airport and squirrels) for things that don't take room, such as heeling, waiting, scent work, etc. I was wondering about agility specific training.
  4. Calliesmom

    Calliesmom Moderator

    Mar 29, 2008
    near Mobile, AL
    we have a couple jumps that we use and weave poles. tunnels too but we haven't used them much in the yard as the dogs do those well and don't need extra work on those. we can do start line stays with the jumps, jump practice and little sequences with the weaves. if I could only have one thing it would be weaves- they need lots and lots of practice to really get weaving.......
  5. take4roll10

    take4roll10 Moderator

    Aug 31, 2009
    New York
    Weaves were the main thing I had to practice at home because I felt like my dog was not going to understand weave poles with a once a week class. I also have a jump, a child's tunnel and a tiny table. They're not all out at once because I don't have room for all that in my tiny yard. I usually just take out one equipment at a time. The jump is useful to practice flatwork, lead outs, sit stays, etc.
  6. Cleo2014

    Cleo2014 Premium Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    Terre Haute, Indiana
    I have a yard big enough for all of the stuff I made for agility. But in smaller spaces I usually practice the Clean Run routines they have in their magazines. That usually uses a tunnel some jumps and weaves. Not much equipment, just enough to work on my front/rear/blind crosses. That is what is really important in between classes.

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