Last week I bought an 18' x 24" Diameter Agility tunnel online. They tunnel I bought is blue, has stakes to keep it from rolling, and is make from 600 Denier nylon material.
Since Roo is now about 14 months old, its time to start training. I have been lucky enough to find a person that trains dogs for agility in my local area. Although she has never trained a Basenji in Agility she is more than willing to help me learn and train Roo. By the way her husband has a degree in Animal nutrition from the University of Illinois and they run a Doggie Daycare that is attached to my Vets Office. We also buy our food from them.
I did buy one of the Barons books on Agility training so I am in the process of reading that also. I am sure that book will be the first of many.
I have been training Roo in Obedience since he was a puppy. He understands the words Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, Lay Down, Down, and Up. I also have been teaching hand signals along with the commands so I can just point and he will sit for me. Of course he is not perfect so we will have to continue to constantly work on Obedience training. I also have trained Roo to jump through a hoop.
The trainer suggested that we start with 1/2 hour private lessons that will cost about $20 each. I thought that was reasonable. She told me that she usually works the dogs through 3 obstacles which they have set up in the back of their Doggie Daycare.
I asked her about buying some of my own equipment so I can start some of the training at home and she thought that would be ok because she will not be able to get with me for another month or so.
The book I have has plans how to build several things like weave poles, jumps, and more.
I have watched agility on TV several times but I have never attended a real event. I hope to do so sometime this summer.
For those of you that have already trained your Basenji or another Breed or dog in agility, is a tunnel something good to start with?
What would you say was the hardest thing to teach your dog?
Are there common mistakes made by novices like myself that I need to be aware of?
I plan to only use a positive method of training like I always have practiced with Roo and the other dogs I have trained in the past. Any hints and advice would be appreciated.