started training with our dogs we wanted them to get their degree in obedience.
We trained a lot and yes, they got their degree. But then we realized that Pulis
are obedient dogs, butÖ itís boring! (Especially for them).
started training them for Agility which is a lot more fun. Now they can run and
jump and they like it.
different obstacles in Agility are: Bar jump, Tire jump, Broad jump, A-frame,
Dog walk, Seesaw, Weave pole, Open tunnel, Closed tunnel and Pause table. Most
of these obstacles are demonstrated below by Toby and Terry.
First is the Bar jump. The height of the bar is related
to the dogs height. There are three classes, pulis are in the middle class.
Terry needed to be set on a diet, cause she couldnít get over it.
Next is the Tire jump, here shown by Toby. Again, the
height is adjusted in relationship to the dogs height. Toby had problems with
this obstacle because in the beginning when he was learning it he once hurt
himself with it. But now he likes it.
The Dog walk is one of the contact obstacles. The dogs
must walk on and off the obstacle. If they jumps they loose points. Normally
thereís only one dog at a time on it, but Toby and Terry are Pulis, they are
This obstacle is called the A-frame. Itís also a
contact obstacle. The grey area is where the dogs need to put their paws on.
Toby once climbed it and stayed on top of it instead of coming down. This was
even before he started his Agility-career, we were at the time in the middle of
an obedience class. Very obedient indeed!
This is called Seesaw. Terry is moving from the right
to the left. She stops to wait for the Seesaw to come down, then sheíll walk
off it. If she jumps, she looses points. When we started she was a little afraid
of it, and even now sometimes she jumps off it at the side.
Here are the Weave poles. Terry is training, so they
are placed sloping. Normally they are straight up. This obstacle was very hard
to train, Pulis donít like it. Why weave when you can walk beside it?
This is the Open tunnel. It can be placed straight or
with one or two turns. When itís sunny Terry sometimes goes in but doesnít
come out. Itís cooler inside.
And finally the Pause table. Although this seems
simple, itís not. The dog is in full action and than suddenly he has to stop
on a table and wait until the sign to continue.
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