This sport looks like so much fun I'd like to join in with Tugg - how does one get started? We are doing basic obedience now and he is a year old. He seems to have most of his growth done, at least he hasn't put on much height or weight for a few months now. Are there things we can start doing at home?
<br /><br /><br />"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole." Roger Caras
Find an agility group near you Or, start building equipment. PVC is easy to work with. I've built tons of jumps and weaves with it.
I started both my dogs out when they were pups. I had them on the contact equipment (A-frame, dogwalk, teeter) when they were really young and they've never been afraid of it.
You can buy play tunnels from Toys R Us to use.
But seriously, try to find a club in your area because they will show you the correct way to train for safety and competition.
while you are looking for a club, Susan Garrett's book "shaping success" has some wonderful exercises and tips on how to build 'drive' and lay a foundation for a good competition dog.
With the next dog I get, I'll be starting those exercises day one.