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What to expect in Foundations Course for Agility

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

  1. Pam

    Pam Forums Enthusiast

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    OK, so after the last disaster of a Rally class, I enrolled Beau (at a different school) in an agility Foundations class--there are NO other Rally classes near me. I had taken him to this school for his basic obediance and really liked it, but the sports training is run by different people. So I am wondering what to expect of a Foundations course (as I said Rally turned into virtual free-style dance class which I did not particularly like).

    I don't expect Beau to really ever compete in agility because of his leg injury when he was a pup, and also I just don't have the time for rigorous training. Thanks, any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. danisgoat

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    If I remember correctly, in our foundations classes there were a lot of rear end awareness activities as well as getting the dogs to offer up behaviors for rewards.
     
  3. Chris

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    That would be useful. All mine are like Smoky and the Bandit: "If it's behind me..."
     
  4. danisgoat

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    When does the course start?
     
  5. Cara Sandler

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    It truly varies. At our last agility school, foundation agility had pre-requisites. By the time they were in foundation they already understood stopped contacts, knew how to go around a cone, knew how to jump, and understood basic handling. But I've seen other schools that list foundation as the very first level.
     
  6. Pam

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    Course starts next week on the 31st. I am excited, as I have liked the two basic obedience courses I took there. I am also starting Beau on Nosework this week. Trying to find ways to tire him out :) We do practice alot at home too...I just haven't really gotten the homeschool Rally stuff going yet, hope to do that soon too.

    This is a first level course.
     
  7. take4roll10

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    Every school and every trainer is different. If the class is specially foundations then you will probably be doing a lot of flatwork, like teaching your dog to understand physical cues, nose or paw touching to a plate, going around objects, rear end awareness, wobble board, etc. And then slowly introducing the dogs to each obstacle.
     

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