Originally Posted by Leftside
Thx all. The dog seems to like to jump and is quite fearless, but I will discourage it for now then. He is a fast learner and there is an agility school nearby I may check out. There is also a park here with some obstacles I may start using more often too. I just need to be careful about pushing him too hard since I am such an anxious owner. Lol
Aside from here, any resources that anyone can recommend? Youtube vids, blogs, etc.
Yeah, there's a difference between your pup choosing to jump and repetitive jumping. Actually, even with older dogs, they say not to do a whole lot of practice jumping, especially at competition height, due to wear and tear on joints.
On the obstacles at the park, read up, or if affordable, sign up for lessons, to learn how to teach your dog to negotiate obstacles in a safe manner. Even at lessons, accidents happen - Riley got off balance on the dog walk (after learning at the low levels) and while he saved himself from falling off, he whacked his stifle hard enough to lame himself. He NEVER ran over that dog walk again, and would do his best to avoid it altogether. He was fine on my home dog walk, and fine on other dog walks, but that one - he never forgave it.
Take a look at Clean Run, it's a website for competitive dogs and they have a lot of resources for agility, including their books on practice exercises.