Are Labs good for agility?

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  1. Rocothepup

    Rocothepup Registered Users

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    I was wondering if my lab would do any agility since I already have a dog who does do agility.
     
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    SteffiS Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    My lab does agility (well sort of) he's very good at the bits he does, but spends the rest of the time there being a huge nuisance :rolleyes: - but that's just the way he is :D.
    So the answer is yes :).
     
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    Lilly loved doing agility - I know several labs who are great at it. One is lightening fast and only needs to be shown the course once and he is off!!
    We gave it up because of Lilly's bad hips.
    I think its important to wait until your dog is at least 12 months before doing it with any seriousness, but you can still practice tunnels and weaves etc, just avoid the jumps and high impact stuff.
    jac
     
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    I've just got back from agility with my boy Shadow. He's a BEAST! So fast and he loves it!

    You definitely need to wait until your pup has finished developing before doing most of the obstacles, but lots of the fundamentals (spins, arounds etc) can be taught from an early age :)
     
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    We do agility. Harley absolutely loves it and is so quick. Our classes won’t take any dogs until they are at least 12 months old.
     
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    Mine loved agility, as did most dogs in our classes. Here, Labs can enter special classes with lower jump heights. Labs, show bred anyway, are heavier built dogs than some breeds and lower jumps are better for their joints. There's still a lot of high speed twisting and cornering though.
     
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    T Reischl Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    Well, I don't know about agility for labs, but he is great for my agility! LOL. Gets me up and moving about on a pretty regular basis.
     

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