What to Expect . . .

Now you have completed a pre-agility course then you have learned the foundations, which you will continue to develop and fine tune for the rest of your agility career.

You have probably built up good bonds and met many friends and if you have found a good trainer then great, if not move on. Different trainers teach in different ways, it is important to find one that suits your requirements and you are comfortable with.

Generally agility training schools are a long term relationship where you will start with similar ability and experienced handlers and dogs. You will build new friendships, have many laughs, probably shed a few tears and then, assuming you and your dog both enjoy it, will become addicted before you even know it.

Don't feel obliged to strive towards competing unless it's what you really want. I can assure you that you can have just as much enjoyment attending your weekly fun classes.

However, it is important that you don't try to flog the proverbial dead horse though. If your dog doesn't enjoy it and doesn't respond enthusiastically to training then please look for another discipline. I have 2 dogs which love agility and one that has no interest at all, to force him to take part would be cruel.

You will start by repeating much of what you learned at pre-agility but using more equipment.

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