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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    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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    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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    I have just started agility with Benson. Benson is a pro, this is because my OH always used to take him. It is interesting as Benson really knows his stuff, but I simply don't have a clue! Classes are peppered with me saying "No sorry, wrong arm..." or "Oops I meant tunnel...." I have absolutely no spatial awareness which complicates things. We are both having so much fun though and that's what it's all about :)
     
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    Yes! I am definitely the weak link in the agility combo, but we have so much fun! The other week, I ran around the same two jumps three times because I forgot to send him to the tunnel after the first one :oops:
    I have it on video somewhere...
     
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    Thank you all so much this was very helpful :)
     
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    We tried doing agility and I subornly stuck to it for a year despite rude, derogatory comments and bullying from the trainer who took a dislike to us from the start.

    Homer loved it, even if he got overexcited most of the time. I don't think we were ever going to win crafts and usually ended a course with jumps flying off everywhere, going through the tunnel two more times just for fun, making up our own course as we went along. (There was a reason I got kicked out of ballet class at age 8!)
     
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    Fred use to do it and he loved it. I was a bit slow though, it must be my age :rolleyes:
     
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