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Hanna Banana

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Foundation Class?
« on: April 03, 2007, 12:14:51 PM »
What is this with regards to agility classes?

I should know and can easilty PM you - Renee!  But figured there are others out there that this may help.

Reason asking is that one of the contacts in my area referred to me may be forming a foundation class, and without sounds clueless just wondering what this entails.   

From my understanding it would be focusing on building obedience, motivation and other basic skills necessary to build a good agility dog.   This class would not emphasis use of equiptment at this level.

If this being, this maybe a good starting point for Hanna and I correct?

Heather  - Mom to Hanna Banana & Kash


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Re: Foundation Class?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 01:32:00 PM »
Foundation work is what most people do with their second and third agility dogs, after they screw up the first one by getting right on the equipment and creating really bad habits. :wall:

One of the best (and first) videos I ever purchased before I started doing agility seriously was a Foundation video by Greg Derrett and typically, the nanosecond I catch on that a student is seriously interested in getting GOOD at agility (vs. the students that just want to come down Tues nights and play and have fun...) I lend them mine, or suggest they buy it on their own (spending your own money to learn sometimes indicates commitment)

In a foundation class (and each is different ) you'll learn certain skills, alot of what Derrett covers in his video  -

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Covers all the essential basic training techniques to give you and your dog the strong foundation needed to build a successful agility career. Forming a good working relationship; socialising the dog to the competition environment; teaching the "Wait" command; training directional commands; understanding body language; training handling manoeuvres; proofing commands; motivational commands & other beneficial advice; and fitness training.

And they probably cover an intro to contacts and weaves also...

And, speaking of foundation work - here's a gratuitous plug of one of my puppies (AJ) doing foundation work with a clicker...

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