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Hi all. I am new to the pit breed and seem to have adopted a very athletic 9 month old pup. I was interested in trying some agility work to keep him trained and exercised. I watched some video where a trainer was saying dogs under a year really shouldn't be jumping. Is this true? Can anyone clarify this at all or is it an emphatic no for jumping?

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Yes, I try to keep jumping and other high-impact activity to a minimum until at least 18 months old. Gotta protect those growing bones and joints!
 

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Yeah, my agility instructor wouldn't let youngsters jump until they were over a year old and then only at the dog's elbow height (also very few jumps). You can still do a lot of foundation work for agility, besides actual jumping:
teaching your dog front and rear crosses (on the flat),
have your dog come to 'heel' (not an obedience heel - more of having the dog line up nose by your knee on the side indicated),
teaching your dog the contact obstacles like dog walk, A-frame and teeter (very low), as well as deciding if you want to teach 2 feet on, 2 feet off, or running contacts.
teaching your dog to go through the open tunnel at speed,
going through the closed tunnel
teaching your dog to run with you on either side (without leaping or nipping),
teaching left & right turns as well as wraparounds (you can use the jump uprights with the pole on the ground)
working on obstacle discrimination
deciding how you want to teach weave poles (channel or guide wires or 2 x 2)
Teaching your dog to stay until released!
 

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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.
 

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My trainer also said to wait until my (currently also 9mnth old) APBT is at least a year old for agility training.

I love Zak George's videos (https://www.youtube.com/user/zakgeorge21). Although I do take my pup to weekly classes, Zak George's advice and techniques has worked so well! Would highly recommend :) He's also releasing a book in June.

Good luck!
 

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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.
 
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