I'm running a fun Agility Games class on Saturday nights this month. I have several games planned but would be interested in hearing ideas for others.
This week we are doing a "Weave Elimination" game. The course is a straight line, jump, jump, six weaves, jump, jump. There are TWO dogs on course at the same time, side by side (two lines of jumps and weaves will be set up).
The two dogs run against each other with the fastest / cleanest round the winner that will move on to the next round until only one dog remains.
I'm also doing a "Black Jack" game. It's kind of like Gamblers. There will be one tunnel set somewhere on the course. Jumps = 1 point. Tires = 3 points. Contacts = 5 points. Chute = 7 points. You can start anywhere to build your "hand". You must correctly complete an obstacle and then do the tunnel to "bank" the points. You have 20 seconds on the clock. You must try to get as close as possible to "21" points. You must continue to play until the buzzer sounds (so you can't get your 21 points and just quit.. you have to keep going, so you must plan not to go over 21 points).
The "house" dog will run the course first to determine the "house" hand to beat (that would be me and Ruger).
If you have any ideas for fun competition games please post them
Since you don't have NADAC around you, why not try some of their games...tunnelers (all tunnels), Touch-n-Go (contact obstacles and tunnels only), Weavers (weaves and tunnels only). They also have a new game that will start sometime this year I think called Hoopers. Instead of jumps, the dogs have to navigate a course by running thru hula hoops. The Hula Hoops are attached to the jump stancions with the very bottom of the hoop on the ground. The dogs only have to run thru the hoop...no jumping at all. Great for puppies and older dogs.
The NADAC site is partially down right now so you may not be able to find the rules.Let me see if I can find something for you. The rules are the same as for a standard course you just aren't using all of the obstacles. Performance of the obstacle is the same (must hit the contact, must complete the weaves, etc).
I thought of another fun one. Swap Dogs. I'll have everyone form a circle. Then I'll tell them to swap dogs with the person to the left of them. And they have to run that dog over a small course. Sure will challenge handling skills
We play red light green light over a grid of jumps in our class. Start at one end, going over a few jumps, when it's red light you have to down or sit your dog (we usually do one round of each). First one over all jumps and to the end wins. Last one to sit or down on red light has to go back to the beginning. You need a very large area to do this in Sounds like you all will have a lot of fun!!
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