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Poppy has been agility training and she loves this more than anything else. We went regularly for a year or so until the person that gave us a lift didn't go anymore. We've done the odd bit now and again since then and she hasn't forgotten any of it. I have not long passed my driving test so will probably go regularly again as she so adores it. The dogwalk and tunnel are her favourites but she enjoys it all

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They can't do agility until they are at least a year old because of their joints, but meantime get your dog as good as you can in basic obedience cos this will give you a headstart. Your body language is extremely important, for instance, even the way your shoulder is turning directs the dog. I remember once, Poppy was going ahead of me over three jumps and then had to turn right to go over another one. As she was jumping the third one I was shouting 'left, left, left' but pointing right. She did go right and the trainer said to me 'What does that teach you about your dog?' I said that she didn't know right from left' and he said that it showed she took more notice of body language than verbal commands. I have never forgotten that and it helps in all disciplines. If you would really like to do agility I'd advise you to find a local club and go and watch without your dog. You will see all the things you can teach before you actually attend, like left and right and 'touch'. I think with a lab you have to accept it is mainly for fun, not serious competition, but believe me, it IS fun!

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Hi RosieW

he said that it showed she took more notice of body language than verbal commands.
this is so true. And it applies to all aspects of puppy / dog training. It's one of the reasons I always recommend people go to classes. A good trainer will be watching and correcting the owner, not the dog. :)
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