Bringing her to intro to Agility tonight...Will see how it goes...

Discussion in 'Tibetan Mastiff' started by Doggyhelpplease, May 26, 2014.

  1. Doggyhelpplease

    Doggyhelpplease Well-Known Member

    Many of her little playdate friends are taking this intro to Agility class (we play with some of the items during playdate as well) so I figured I would try it for something to do with her. I know she is a TM and we will probably not be masters or might be terrible as she might not want to do anything (she thinks going through the tunnel is stupid lol) but I figured it may be fun....we will see. Will update tonight...

    We went to the big dog fair the other day and she didn't react to one dog and they were everywhere (every type of dog you can imagine) so she wasn't fixated trying to get to one and no barrier frustration. Still working on the walking with this issue though. We may have conditioned her (not on purpose) to think whenever we are there, there is a barrier (and she auto starts to act that way) as she doesn't do it with my neighbor though he is much less strict with her and she will pull but I do not let her pull, I force structure, I may have over did it. Will figure it it possible to be too structured
  2. ruthcatrin

    ruthcatrin Well-Known Member

    Agility ought to be fun anyway, to watch if nothing else, let us know how it goes!
  3. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    I've taken Kryten to a couple of Jiggers' agility classes and put him through some of the obstacles. Let's just say they were not made with 185lbs tanks in mind. He just fit thru the weave poles (he had to go straight through and make a 180 degree turn to the next one). Lol. He seemed to have fun however.
  4. Doggyhelpplease

    Doggyhelpplease Well-Known Member

    Ya, its our first warm day at 29C too so she may just tell me to F off...there will be a kiddy pool for her and its not till the night time so will see.
  5. Catia

    Catia Well-Known Member

    I'm rooting for her.
    Tessa would just look at me & lay down.

    Now if she saw her 'puppy-love' do it--she *might* do one tunnel thing just to show she can. Then she'd sit & watch the rest like they were nuts.
  6. Doggyhelpplease

    Doggyhelpplease Well-Known Member

    Agility was okay (I am sure she perfers just wrestling with her friends), she did all but the tunnel. She only does whatever it is because someone elses dog is on the other end and she wants to play and follows though this doesn't work on the tunnel she lays down and waits for the dog to come to her. She goes through hoops and on the the other things, but thinks the poles you zig and zag out of are dumb and smash them down unless you lead her. She spend a lot of time running back to the kiddy pool and we were lucky cause she could meet every dog there on that day (though did have a small over excited growl reaction to the barrier at first but calmed down after a few secs). Next time apparently there is a BullMastiff who isn't friendly on leash so she can't meet him so not sure she will focus but there are 2 days of it in a week so we can just switch to the other day.
  7. Catia

    Catia Well-Known Member

    This sounds like a lot of fun-just to see how far she will take it. Wish you had a video so we could see her reactions.

    And yes, who wouldn't think that zig zag is dumb? Shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line.
    Those poles need to be removed/smashed-for the sake of all dogs everywhere--
    before the humans continue to humiliate them by making them run in crooked lines!!!

    Agility, for Tessa at least--is getting her to understand how big her paws are & what not to step on or tromp through. If I could somehow get her to not step on me when I am under a blanket, we'd be good. I don't remember having to teach this to my last dogs!

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