Jake will be enrolled in Beginner's Agility at the end of October
I went out on Monday and observed the beginner's class. The instructor emphasized that they use only positive reinforcement, because in the beginner's class the mistakes will be the handlers' fault, not the dogs' (which is the exact same feeling I have about training Jake, 99.999% of the time I'm doing something wrong).
They use a philosophy similar to clicker training, where mistakes are ignored, and correct maneuvers are praised. I talked to her about not jumping Jake, and she was totally okay with it and said he'd just do bars on the ground until he was older.
In the meantime I can go watch any of the classes and it's relatively close to my work! I'm so excited!
Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. - Cree prophecy
Good..hope you enjoy it as much as we do
It's not just in beginners class, but in ALL agility. It usually is the handler's fault, and most good handler's will readily admit this. The higher up you train/compete, the better YOU have to become at handling your dog.The instructor emphasized that they use only positive reinforcement, because in the beginner's class the mistakes will be the handlers' fault, not the dogs'
Sounds great! Have fun!