Betsy and I have been doing Agility since September 2014. It’s my first time training a dog in agility, so we both had a big learning curve 🙂
I try to get videos when I can, just to see our progress and cringe over our mistakes! I thought it might be interesting to share a few videos over the last couple of years to show how we’ve come along – both in Betsy’s understanding as well as my own handling.
I’ve had the privilege of working with two different instructors at West Coast Canine Academy, which I love – you get a lot of value out of having the perspectives and feedback from multiple professionals 🙂
None of these videos are perfect – we have had flawless runs, but none that I’ve ever caught on video 😛
Betsy has always been enthusiastic about agility, but as her understanding of the sport has expanded, I think she has grown to love it even more – comparing her attitude after only 10 months of training vs 2 years of training, I think she’s really gained a lot more focus and drive.
There’s still areas for improvement in my handling especially, but it’s a work in progress 😀
We train in class once a week, and practice skills at home – when we first started we did homework almost every single day, because there was so much to learn. Now we practice a bit less – maybe 1 or 2 skills once or twice a week. Other than weave poles and some makeshift jumps, I don’t have any agility equipment at home, but it has been enough to get us this far 🙂