September Contest

Last months’ contests was one of the best ones ever- so many great stories!  Read through the comments here, it’s a great read!

This month is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and our contest is about agility dog ownership!

  1. What breed(s) of dog do you have?
  2. Where’d you get them? A breeder, a rescue, they found you?
  3. How much time do you spend training them?
  4. If you could only have one obstacle to work with, what would it be?

You could win a treat and ball bag, perfect for walks, agility, or working inside. Keep your treats secure, and your pockets clean!

The winner will be chosen via random number generator on or around October 1st, and announced/emailed on or around the same.

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61 Comments on “September Contest

  1. I have a love for all dog breeds but Shelties capture my heart every time! I have a rescue Sheltie whose owners were going to put him to sleep simply because they did not want him. He will be three late this summer. I started doing agility with him to build his confidence and skills. I saw something in those big brown eyes that told me he had worth, love, and a will to be a great companion! We train everyday, either obedience or agility I try not to bore him with the same thing everyday. We would love to have the “crawl”. We will keep our “paws” crossed and hope for the best!!!

  2. Three wonderful dogs, a Corgi-mix (rescued from a shelter), a Beagle (breeder) and a Border Terrier (breeder).

    Katylee, the mixed breed, was the first mixed breed to win an AKC Rally title in the United States. She has been featured in 2 national magazines. She is 8 years old and retired from agility, but still joins in for fun when she wants to.

    Jake the Beagle does tracking and plays on the agility course at home. His ears always fly straight out when he runs and jumps, so we say he is flying.

    Makana, the Border Terrier, 2 yrs, is training for agility, we are up to sequences. We don’t rush our dogs. I am training Mak to work from a distance so he can run full out.

    We keep the weave poles set up in our yard and everytime we get a chance we run do the weaves. We try to set up some sequences at least twice a week for all three to work on. We like to work the weaves best, but the boys
    love the tunnel.

  3. I have an Australian Shepherd which I got from my sister who couldn’t take her energy level. She has so much fun doing agility that I decided one dog wasn’t enough – I am getting a new Border Collie puppy in a few weeks! We attend training classes once a week with an instructor and practice on our own about 3 more times weekly for about 20 minutes each time. If I could have one obstacle, it would be one of the contact obstacles so we can practice practice practice!

  4. We have 3 dogs, all shelter dogs. One is a pint-sized sassy Chihuahua mix named Luna, one a big clumsy lovable oaf of a Pitbull mix called Bruno, and my baby, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Sophie. She still has her tail!

    It took us months to teach Luna to sit, finally did it for me when I asked her in Spanish. Not crazy enough to train her for agility. Bruno has been learning agility at home. Busts his way through the weaves with reckless abandon. Starting classes with him soon – probably will never compete as he is socially retarded. Love his enthusiasm and lust for life though. Sophie, my first dog ever, was dying for me to teach her the rules because she wanted to play the Agility Game with me more than anything. We train at least a little every day. Just enough to give her brain a little workout and keep her using her brain-power for the common good.

    It is difficult to choose one obstacle. It is the combination of obstacles that makes the sport so fun. I guess I would choose the jumps because Sophie loves them and when I see photos of her jumping, I am sure she can FLY!

  5. I started agility with a weim rescue. It took a long time to build a great working relationship of trust and desire. I added a black lab to the game and she was much more willing and easier to train. Unfortunately the lab was found to be dyspalstic and could not be jumped. The Weim, after many years of hard work was on her way to a MACH when I lost her to a brain tumor. I got another Weim who started out being a wonderful partner but has since lost her desire. I just have added a new chocolate lab puppy for future use. She has great drive and is a wonderful fun puppy. I train and play with each dog everyday. The puppy at this point is getting the most time, then the weim that is in competition, the older black lab still LOVES to play. I can’t imagine how boring life would be without them, they are a great blessing for me.

  6. I have 5 dogs, 15 year old Golden Retriever, 12 year old Chinese Crested, 9 year old Flat-Coated Retriever, 3 year old Aussie and a 2 year old Aussie.
    All of my dogs came from breeders. Crested was rehomed due to not liking the show ring, she is our little princess, my Golden came from a good friend, he is my best buddy. My Flat-Coat is my first handler finished Champion, taught me a lot about agility, has 4 titles. My Aussies are conformation and performance. I train about 4 hours a week. One obstacle I think is at the top of my list is weave poles.

  7. I own several JRTs (I breed them) and 1 All American (BC/Nor. Elkhound) rescue dog that has a special bond with me. She is very shy and we use the agility to bring out her love for life and to get more confidence in herself. The Jack Russells use it as a way to put their excess energy to good use! We train about 15 min. with each dog. every other day. We are lucky to have a course in our field and all of the dogs seem to love the tire jump. We practice sends, crosses, & figure eights through the tire. They are all excellent jumpers & carefully use themselves through the obstacle.

  8. I have an 8yr old English Cocker Spaniel named Maple.My parents bought me Maple for my 7th birthday from a breeder.
    Me and Maple train almost twice a week for about 1 hour,taking breaks of course.

    If I could have one obstacle to work on it would be the weave poles! I love training them to brand new agility dogs and skilled ones because they are always fun to watch.

  9. My dogs are Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s. They both came from breeders. I train about on hour per week and never the day before a trial. If I had only one obstacle to work with it would probably be weave poles. All dogs know how to jump, and they can climb, as in A frames, but weaving is a totally unfamiliar thing in nature.

  10. I have 2 yellow field bred Labrador Retrievers, that I got, after much research, from breeders in the mid-west and west. We train anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour a day, but it is always broken up into short sessions, but with the puppy every moment is a training opportunity.
    Probably the one obstacle I would have if I could only have one is a jump, so much handling and training can be done with a jump, and there are more jumps on course than any other obstacle. However 2nd and 3rd choice would be weaves and a dogwalk.

  11. I have five Dobermans and a Standard Poodle. the Dobermans are all rescue – mostly dogs that were supposed to be fosters, but for different reasons (health, age) couldnt be placed. The Poodle is from a breeder – what a neat dog she is!

    I try to spend at least 15 minutes with each dog every day. Four of the six I hope to take to agility trials, and I try to work with them longer on a few of the days each week. We take weekly lessons. The older two just enjoy messing around on low obstacles and hanging out, getting treats and being told how great they are.

    I wish I had a teeter. I have to drive a long way to find equipment to train on, and this seems to give me the most trouble.

  12. I have Boxers, currently have 5, a 12 year old, that would still love to do agility, but i have to limit her to Tunnelers only. Then my 5 year old that is really starting to come together in agility, my youngest at 1 1/2 that is just started in agility training, as we have been working on obedience first.

    Of my 5, 2 came from breeders, 1 from rescue, 1 we rescued, and our first we bought from the local paper.

    Training, hmmmm, all kinds, of training at least 10 hours a week individiaully but then i also teach others, and take a class with one. So as much time as i can.

    Well the tunnel is the most fun, but i would have to say a jump, as you can do so much and train so many different things with just one jump.

  13. I have 2 shelties, 1 boy & 1 girl. They are the loves of my life. I didn’t spend much time training this summer, because of the heat. I bought both from very small breeders. The first was a very good one ,the second not at all.I always work on their sit, down, touch & stay. I would pick the jumps because they are so much fun.

  14. I have two Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s, Coco & Teddy – the Fuzzy Bear “Brothers.” Coco is a rescue from St. Louis Stray Rescue. We adopted him to help ease the aging process for our Springer Spaniel. One year later to the day we adopted Teddy Bear from Pet’s Second Chance Corgi Rescue…..after all, Coco needed a playmate, since the elderly Springer wasn’t very energetic. I started taking agility classes with Coco in an attempt to keep him active (and hopefully slim since corgis tend to get chubby if left to their own desires). It was so fun my husband wanted a dog to train and Teddy happened into our lives at the perfect time. We all love agility. We train in class once per week, but do small 5 to 10 minute practice exercises at home about 3 times a week. My favorite thing to work is weave poles…..I just love when they drive through – it’s just so impressive to see the determination once they know they’ve hit the entry correctly. “Don’t stop me now!” – they seem to be saying…and watch out once they nail the last pole, because they are off like the speed of light to whatever is next! They are awesome smart dogs with awesome agility ability 🙂

  15. I am the proud momma of a little black pug named Syd. I adopted Syd when she was boarding at the dog daycare I worked at and her previous owner passed away from cancer while in the hospital; I just couldn’t let anything bad happen to the little smoosh face, curly tail girl. She was four years old when I got her and now is six years old.
    The last two years have been constant training. We’ve done several obedience classes, are always in agility classes, and everywhere we go is a training session, whether it be agility trials, farmer markets, or just around the block.
    If syd could pick any one obstacle it would be the teeter, she’s fearless and loves to run to the pivot point and ride it to the ground.

  16. Three Labs live with me. They are yellow, two being fox reds. I got each of them from a breeder.

    Each training class is one hour. For the rest of the days, we practice what we learned and build on what we have already learned. Walks are always training.

    The one obstacle I’d choose to work with my agility dog is the A-frame for contacts; for the puppy the rocker board. My female is retired.

  17. I have 4 dogs. 3 Rhodesian Ridgebacks and one awesome Golden Retriever. I got the golden from a neighborhood breeder…the Ridgebacks all come from breeders (MD, VA and NY). The Golden, my first agility dog, recently tore her ACL…she is 9 and was doing awesome in Agility but her injury forced her into early retirement, at least where Agility is concerned, she is still very active otherwise (or at least as much as she can be while the injury heals). I do Agility with my youngest RR…she is 3 years young. I try to train at every opportunity. My RR girlee starting competing at the very end of 2009…early in the 2010 season, I think she mistook the teeter for the dogwalk and lauched herself right off the end…I swear she had hang time…I thought she was never coming down! So, the one obstacle I would have to have is the teeter!

  18. Our pup Bella (okay, she’s 18 mos. old) is a rescue from Georgia. We adopted her at 4 mos. after being interviewed by her foster mom, who had found her abandoned during a rainstorm. The rescue group thought she was a border collie/lab mix, but she has grown up to be 62 lbs. of short-haired, mostly tan, lean, affectionate, energetic and athletic fun. When she started springing up on top of walls during our walks, flying over other dogs during playtime, and constructing complicated puzzles out of her various toys, we figured we’d better find something for her to do!

    We joined an introduction to agility class with various purebreds and Bella was a star. When we asked her to jump over her first obstacle — a simple pole about 6 inches off the ground — she sprang straight up in the air, tucked her rear legs tightly under her body, and cleared the pole with about 5 feet to spare. Her first instinct was to jump over each new obstacle she met, but by the time class ended, she was happy to go through the tunnel and the chute rather than over them and she jumped over the poles with a somewhat more appropriate clearance. As her handlers, our challenge is just keeping up with her!

    We try to work with Bella every weekend and know that she enjoys agility because on a recent hike in the woods, she sat and patiently waited for us to cue her when we came upon a fallen branch blocking the path.

    We love to see her jump, so that’s our favorite obstacle!

  19. Hello My Name Is Jen. I’m 11 Years old and I LOVE my chocolate Lab Buddy. Me and Buddy first met 6 years ago at a local breeders house. I can still remember buddy and his two brothers and one sister all running around. It was simply love at first sight for me and Bud. About 3 Years ago I started getting interested in dog agility/showing. and 1 year later we entered our first dog show. it was not an agility trial it was only a best trick contest we won second place together. Last year me and Buddy couldn’t do any dog show for family reasons. But we started training in agility last summer and then this summer we watched two agility trials and entered the same trick contest, we won first prize and when we watched other agility dogs win first prize we knew thats what we wanted to do. We train every night simply in our small backyard for 20-30 minutes at a time. and if we only had one obstical it would be a pause table/box because my doggie just cant sit still!!
    I truly love my dog and I really would like to win! i had so much fun writing this and I hope you liked reading it!
    Thanks
    From: Jen And Buddy!

  20. This month is Responsible Dog Ownership month, and our contest is about agility dog ownership!

    What breed(s) of dog do you have?:
    Cocker Spaniels (2)…1 – black; 1 – chocolate with tan points

    Where’d you get them?: A breeder

    How much time do you spend training them? depends

    If you could only have one obstacle to work with, what would it be?: a cavaletti

  21. I own a Flat coated retriever that we purchased from a breeder. She is a lovable part of our family. We train about 20-30minutes 5 times a week and take agility class once a week. If I could only have one obstacle it would be weave poles. This is a very difficult part of the course for us.

  22. My girl is an “only dog.” She’s the sweetest, most beautiful Australian Shepherd–not just my opinion either. I like to think she was chosen for me by “a higher authority” as I had requested a black tri female before she and her siblings were conceived and she was the only one in a litter of 7. She’s now competing in agility as a senior, but acts like a pup. Her favorite activity is chasing her toys all around the yard (all day!), barking at them if they get too far away from her immediate grasp. We now have 2 trainers with different handling methods, traditional ad distance. It’s a bit confusing for her, but she’s starting to understand what we’re doing and we’re enjoying the new challenges. We don’t have a regular place to practice so I utilize curbs, short walls, and small hills on our walks around the neighborhood to substitute for obstacles. If we need one thing, it would be a contact trainer. After training with a succession of instructors, we’ve messed with running contacts, two-on-two-off, four-on-the-floor, and “whatever” that she’s gotten slower instead of faster on those obstacles. We just haven’t been able to find a consistent method that works with speed.

  23. I have 4 Greyhounds, 4 chihuahuas, 2 Aussies & 1 mixed breed. All but two came from rescues & shelters. 1 Grey has rally titles. My male tripaw Grey is a therapy dog at a hospital. The 4 Chi’s are all special needs & stay home. One Aussie has agility, obedience & rally titles and the other one is deaf/VI but has rally titles. My mixed breed has rally titles, & shows in obedience & agility. I train several hours weekly. I trained my tripaw Grey to do weave poles, jumps & tunnels. I work with my mixed breed several times weekly. If I could have one obstacle it would be the teeter. This obstacle is the hardest for my mixed breed & really slows him down.

  24. I have 2 border collies, both from breeders. The 3 1/2 year old male does agility with me -a weekly class and 1 to 2 days a week training on equipment at home (weather permitting)in multiple 10 minute sessions. Obedience training & tricks are built into the daily routine. The puppy is just 4 1/2 months old but she already loves the tunnel and tries to sneak onto the teeter. If I could only train one obstacle it would be a jump for the variety.

  25. I have three poodles – 1 standard, 1 mini, 1 toy. One of every size. The toy I purchased from a breeder. The mini I was approached by a shelter person to adopt him (which I did). The Standard was last and she was given to me. She had spent the first 2 yrs of her 3 yrs in a kennel in a garage. The owners took good care of her, but she needs to see the world. Last year we moved to a 5 acre piece of land so I can play agility with them almost everyday.
    If only one piece of equipment it would be a jump. You can teach a lot of different handling methods with one jump – distance, wrap around & return to handler, collection, extension, watch the handler’s shoulders & body for handling direction, games of lead outs and it is the most used obstacle on course!

  26. I have Rottweilers! 8 of them actually! I have bred most of them over the years. I rarely breed and only for myself and then those that are left from the litter go to special homes on a waiting list. I have a 10 year old – just my bed bud now – used to do agility, 3 – 8.5 year olds – my male AKC/UKC CH, and 2 take back girls that are working in various venues including Rally, herding and carting; a 7.5 year old – my agility dog supreme working in EXC AKC (also a take back dog at age 4); a 5 year rescue with dysplasia, learning Rally; a 2 year old male coming up fast in several venues including conformation; and my yearling – she will do it all if she has her way! She has wings for feet!

    I spend at least 1 half hour each day training or playing with the various working dogs and playing with the retirees! The rescues on site also get 1/2 hour in various forms of interaction from grooming to training and socialization.

    If I could only have 1 obstacle it would be the A-frame! My dogs love it and I love to see my training dogs conquer it and gain self confidence. If my dogs had a choice it would be the tunnel or swinging bridge. They hit them flying and smiling all the way.

  27. I have a three year old golden retriever named Kodiac. We got him from a young couple about 30 minutes from us that advertised in our local newspaper, they owned Kodiac’s mom and dad. I train maybe 10 or 15 minutes a day when I can, and go to a one hour group class once a week. Kodiac’s favorite obstacle would be a jump, especially if he can line up a few in a row and go FAST !!!!!

  28. The dog I started in agility with is a black lab. Got her from a “backyard breeder.” My current competition dog is a mixed breed I found as a 5-week-old puppy on a highway in the country. We train with a local group once a week for about an hour. The rest of our practice/training happens at home-at this point, about 15 minutes 5 or 6 days a week. Would love to have our own set of regulation 24″ weave poles.

  29. We have 3 Aussies: two are rescues from Australian Shepherd Club of America contacts, one is from a friend who breeds her agility dogs rarely. We train often, and each dog goes to class each week. I must have one contact obstacle, and currently own a teeter / see saw. What we really want is an A-Frame! Having said that, everyone needs a jump.

  30. After both our grown sons moved away, we had an empty nest so we decided to get puppies, as we’d been dog sitting for our kids on the weekend. My husband always wanted a Scottish Terrier and I wanted a Corgi. We got both from breeders at about 10 weeks old, and on the same day, so they think they are litter mates.

    We sorta fell into agility, as it gives us and the dogs something to do. We have lessons once a week, and try to do a little training session at least five times a week at home for maybe 10-15 minutes (we get tired, the dogs don’t).

    Smokey (the Scotty ) and Bandit (the corgi) like agility (or it could be the teats?)and are always ready to go. I think you have to have weave poles, as they are the most difficult to learn, although maybe the teeter, as neither are a natural for the dog as jumping, climbing or going through the tunnel.

  31. I have 3 Rotties (2 about 5 years old and 1 is 4 yrs. this year)and a Sheltie (8 years old). All of them came from the local animal shelter. We have a Border Collie (just turned about 3 yrs.)came to me as a rescue at about 18 months of age after 3 other families had him in their homes. All are working in obedience, rally and learning agility. My Rottie male, the Sheltie and the Border Collie have 2 herding titles too. Everyone except the youngest Rottie has Rally titles and some obedience titles. The baby Rottie has a fear of parking lots and some people, so attending shows/trials with her is doubtful at times.
    I try to split my time between them as evenly as possible. Some get more practice the closer we get to trials than others. They also enjoy spending time doing dog demonstrations for children and working as therapy dogs.
    I guess their favorite agility obstacle is the A-frame. Being up so high seems a little scary at first, but once they climb to the top they stand up there and look around like they are surveying their kingdom.

  32. My border collie X JRT X beagle was definetly not what I was looking for in a dog. I wanted a purebred male dog that was at least a year old. Due to the fact that I was 13 I didn’t have much say in what kind of dog I got. My dad’s friend had rescued a dog and her litter of puppies and was giving the pups away. They were almost feral. He told me that which ever one I could catch I could have, and I managed to snag the runt. Up until a few months ago didn’t work with a tainer or go to classes, we learned how to do agility together. I spend between 10-60 minutes a day training for agility, in short sessions, and slightly longer sessons for sports like bikejoring. If I could only train with one obstacle I would probably pick the weave poles because they are Zoe’s favorite obstales and I love watching her weave 🙂

  33. I have 2 mini aussies I got from a breeder. They each attend 1 agility class a week and I try to do some training every day. If I could only have one piece of equipment, it would be the weave poles. I don’t think there is any way to have great weaves without constant practice.

  34. I have a black standard poodle from a breeder. Working full time and this summer’s DAILY heat advisories -which lasted until 8pm -have made it difficult to practice agility. This Summer, we have been practicing obedience and new tricks in the house for her Therapy Dog work. Any contact obstacle would be the equipment I would have b/c she LOVES contact obstacles!

  35. I have a sheltie I purchased from a local woman. She owned his mother and grandmother. I had been looking for a sheltie for a long time and was very happy when I found him. He was the last pup left because he was rather shy. He is still shy but very smart. We take one agility class and one rally class a week. I like agility best but he prefers the rally/obedience work. He loves to do tricks.
    Besides the classes, I work with him on commands every day for short periods. We practice on our walks and whenever I have a few spare minutes. I have some agility obstacles that I set up for practice once a week or so. If I could have only one obstacle, it would be the tunnel so that I could practice having him go to the end I send him to…not just the closest one! He does love the tunnel. As people pointed out, however, weaves are important, becase they take the most training!

  36. We have a 13 yr old bull terrier/GSD mix (according to DNA testing 🙂 I found on the road as a young (8 m old?) dog, an 11 yr old Lab that 7 yrs ago belonged to a neighbor but decided he wanted to live with us instead, an 8 yr old McNab rehome, a 5 yr old Scottie, planned purchase from a breeder, a herding mix (4 yr old?) shelter foster that never left and a 7 m old PWD puppy from a special breeding I waited almost 6 years for.
    Training time varies with the weather–this summer’s heat has us down to 10-15 minutes or so several times a week with the 4 younger dogs.
    I’d probably pick hoops as the one type of equipment, with gates a close second, for their multi-use capability. But if I was going to a regular agility class but could only have one PIECE of equipment at home, it would have to be weaves, as they require the most regular, consistent work to get good at them.

  37. I have a mini Aussie, Bindi. Got her from a local breeder and she is the joy of my life! We attend agility class an hour a week and weather permitting we practice at home about 10-15 minutes a day. If I could only have one obstacle it would be a jump as Bindi loves to jump! It is great to see the doggy joy on her little face when she is jumping!

  38. Hello
    I have 2 GSDs – one from a breeder and the other a rescue.
    They do agility at least once a week for varying amounts of time. They do obedience daily whether they realise it or not.
    They love the tunnel and when not doing it slightly more seriously, they will fly through it one after the other just for fun. So, for their sakes I would have a tunnel.

  39. hi i have 2 dogs a white german shepard an a golden the shepard found me the golden is from a rescure golden is now enjoying agility an the traing is an on going thing a long with obed. an tricks were all having a great time ty hill

  40. I have a 10 year old Siberian Husky. She was from our own breeding. We lost her mama about 1 year ago. I also have an Aussie. She came from a breeder that I was talking to at a agility trial. We speand allot of time together training and playing training games. The agility equipment tht we have We have built ourselves. I think if there was one piece of equipment that we can work on it would be weave poles. As you know this is the most un-natural obstacle to do. I love agility because it is just me and my dogs working and playing together and I learn as much as they do, sometimes I think that I learn more from them. Have fun!!

  41. Go Team Aussie!

    Two tri color girls, Allie 8 rescue, Maxie 3 Rescue from pound, and newest addition, 2yr old blue merle boy from humane society we named Cooper.
    3 dogs, 3 different days of classes and about 10 minutes a day of training at home, but always training sit stay or down stay. Nothing is free at my house, except love and kisses. Tunnel, they love it the best!

  42. Washu, my Labrador Retriever,is my first agility dog. I got her, when she was about one year old, from a no-kill shelter. Dog training is a fun hobby for me, so it’s hard to keep track of how much time I spend doing it – perhaps five to seven hours a week? I take agility classes for one hour each week. Washu’s agility titles are OA,OAJ,CLS-2. If I had to choose only one agility obstacle, I guess it would be a jump.

  43. I have three ACD’s and one kelpie all rescues (foster failures from my own rescue 🙂 One from NC, two from KY and one from OH. We spend a few hours a week doing agility training – one class a week for my beginner kelpie and the rest just practicing in my yard. We have a small set up with some jumps, a teeter, poles, mini dogwalk, chute and tunnel. If I had to choose only one obstacle I think I would pick an A-frame cause my dogs all love it the best. Its like being king of the mountain.

  44. Portuguese water dogs.
    The 9 year old I got as breeding stock, 4 year old I bred, and 1 year old I bred.
    The girls go to class once a week, have jumps and a teeter, tire, tunnel, chute at home and compete 2-3 weekends per month- except for the little one, she is still learning.
    I would have a contact trainer- going to have my husband try to make one for me.

  45. Go Aussies! First came the 12-week old toy Aussie Aug 2008 as the result of losing a bet with my daughter. She came from a breeder, but most can’t really tell what she is. Bailey loves obedience, agility & doing tricks. Next came a rescue full-sized Aussie with the lethel white gene. He has most of his vision and all of his hearing, but had a broken leg before we acquired him July, 2009 at about 8 months old. Gizmo is going for his CGC cert. and hopefully will go on to be a therapy dog. Third, in Jan. 2010 was an 8-wk old mini aussie from a local breeder. This bright, beautiful girl is in obedience and rally until old enough for agility. Mia will try for a herding cert and puppy rally title soon. We rescued Keri, an 10-mo old Catahoula/pit mix from the local shelter Aug. 2010, for a friend. We hope to try her on flyball or frisbee. I see 2 more aussies sometime in my future-a black tri for conformation and a deaf lethal white.

  46. 1. What breed(s) of dog do you have?
    2 pugs, a plott hound and a pointer-mix

    2. Where’d you get them? A breeder, a rescue, they found you?
    The pugs are both rescue, the plott came from a shelter and the pointer-mix found me.

    3. How much time do you spend training them?
    The time I spend training varies from week-to-week depending on whether or not we have trials.

    4. If you could only have one obstacle to work with, what would it be?
    A teeter.

  47. I have 3 black labs which I got from breeders. I usually spend 2-3 hours a week training in agility, either at home or in classes. Definitely need weave poles, as it always seems to take the longest duration to train.

  48. I have mostly beagles (plus one pug/doxie mix and one terrier mix), all are rescues – most are seniors. My two main agility dogs practice about 2-3 times a week, more if we are getting ready for a freestyle competition. If we only had one obstacle to work with – I would prefer a jump as you can do more… but right now, it’s weave poles.

  49. Australian Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog came from a breeder. A pug came from someone rehoming her. I’m a volunteer 4-H leader and my children spend about 5 hours a week training them. We take a large group to our State Fair each year and do very well! My daughter and her Aussie just placed 1st in Advanced Agility. We would love to have a swinging platform, swaying bridge, or a crawl tunnel for our 4-H’ers to train for their next Agility Class.

  50. I have three dogs: A 2 year old Border collie (Bandit) I found on my school campus, a 10 year old Catahoula/Aussie (Shadow) mix that I got from a littler of puppies, and a 5 year old Papillon (Holly) that I got last year during my training at Triple Crown Academy.
    I spend any free time I can training them ( dog trainer ), especially bandit, he is one that does agility recreationaly. If I could have one obstacle, it would be the tunnel, is so much fun for the dog to run through it and then you can reposition how it’s shaped and run them again