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    Defaultokay, one more agility question

    I am filing out our first agility entry

    I am trying to decide whether to run her in preferred or standard and am looking for some thoughts.

    She is almost 2 and has a diagnosis of mild to moderate HD. She also has alignment issues in her back- that we see a chiropractor to deal with. She gets a HA supplement, cosequin, and fish oil. None of this prevents her from being happy and active.

    She would jump 20 in standard and 16 in preferred. We generally practice at 16- it was what we started at and it just became habit for me to set the jumps at.

    I am not concerned about now- she really is doing fine now and loves agility, but I am concerned about the long term. My ego is not tied up in getting standard titles versus preferred titles.




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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    as long as you can leave your ego at the door I'd go 16 inches from the get go honestly given gabby's issues (potential issues)

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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    been battling this issue myself, and have nearly convinced myself that its better to run Soph in specials... I'd have no qualms about moving a heavier-bodied labrador down a jump height.

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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    and just another thing - there is NO SUCH thing as JUST one more agility question
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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    The titles are all the same for prefered vs. standard with the exception of the MACH (Master Agility Championship). I would start in Prefered and then you can at anytime you want switch to Regular. You have to go through all the levels in each class, so if you have your open titles and decide to switch to regular you will have to start in Novice again but its no big deal as you will keep your prefered level standings and legs.
    Whne Amber starts back in agility she will start in Novice Prefered because of her leg injury and see how she does.

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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    Honestly, if the Dx is correct, I don't know that I'd do much beyond novice anyhow.

    Did you send the films to OFA? More importantly, have you xrayed her elbows-- they'll be taking more of the impact, and soundness is quite important there. I ask my puppy owners to not jump full height until they have their hip/elbow OFA clearances done at age 2.

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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    I would enter 16". I also do not compete nor jump my dogs at full height until their OFA x-rays are done.
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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    Quote Originally Posted by birdbrainz
    Honestly, if the Dx is correct, I don't know that I'd do much beyond novice anyhow.

    Did you send the films to OFA? More importantly, have you xrayed her elbows-- they'll be taking more of the impact, and soundness is quite important there. I ask my puppy owners to not jump full height until they have their hip/elbow OFA clearances done at age 2.
    I was planning on re-doing the x-rays after her second birthday because of the guarantee with the breeder. So it won't be a big deal to add the elbows.

    Let me add: We did do a full vet/chiro work-up before we started agility lessons. Her breeder's line matures quickly- so I wasn't worried about starting a few months before 2. She was cleared to go and we started very slowly.

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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    It wouldn't even be a question for me...Preferred...but my goals may be different than yours. Murray and Essy both compete in Preferred. We do agility for fun. We have no aspirations to make the world team or nationals or any other major event. I'm not interested in a MACH either. This is just something we do on weekends to spend quality time together. Agility is not a sport created for a large, heavy boned breed like a Lab (or Mastiff, or Rottweiler, etc) but these dogs still compete and have fun. My goal is to keep my teammate as healthy as possible for as long as possible so we compete in Preferred.

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    DefaultRe: okay, one more agility question

    Quote Originally Posted by rottnlabs
    My goal is to keep my teammate as healthy as possible for as long as possible so we compete in Preferred.
    Nicely stated. I started to write something earlier but it wasn't coming out right. I'll try...

    I feel blessed to have an almost 13 yo who has led an active life, and is still able to scale the bed by herself every night. Her younger sister had mild-mod HD, and by 2 yo, *I* began to see some changes in stamina, jumping, etc. I took her thru her CD but that was it. By 4, her physical issues were fairly obvious without any added stress to her joints. I also did all the joint, etc, supplements with Mollie but they can only do so much to slow the processes. Anne

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