Barca has been doing agility for the last 3 weeks and I wanted to share what it is like to train an APBT
from the ground up in Agility. He has super high drive like his mother (Siren) and he is DA and has a on of prey drive. These are the main things you have to watch for when training an APBT
. DA and prey drive if not taken care of early will make it impossible to run off leash in agility.
I took Barca to my Advanced class I was teaching last night and had him watch all the dogs run. As soon as his prey drive came in and he got excited I corrected him pretty harshly but necessary. I told him no and pretty much alpha rolled him, he was shocked but respectful of the correction. It took 2 corrections and a few pops on the prong collar and his he stopped trying to look at the other dogs and watched me. I feed him treats when he kept his focus on me and praised him.
After class I took him off leash and did a few jumps and worked on his tunnel sends. He is doing great I can send him over a jump and get 25 feet of distance to a tunnel. Building obstacle independence is how to teach agility correctly from the beginning. I do not want to have to run close to the jumps so my dog can find them, i want the dog to find the jumps on their own and I will post a video of how to do this. I also want to be able to send my dog to a tunnel and not have to point the tunnel out. Contacts are also really important I train from the beginning for the dog to know what they have to do on the contact and to stay at the end till released. Barca already is starting to understand what to do on the contacts and is working on finding the jumps.
Things I need to work on and is a must for agility is a good recall and a good stay. His is stay is ok but we are working on that, but I need to work on his recall. He got the zoomies and I had a hard time getting the little butt head back
That is why I wanted to work him when no other dogs were on the field. I will keep this thread updated.
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