So Dog Agility Blog Event for 2012 or Action Day?
is Backyard Training.
With Tibby's issues I have been doing most of her training in the basement. Although there was a period of time when she didn't like the basement any more either. So I just trained Dhali! Outside, inside - he doesn't care. Now Tibby will go downstairs, but she still isn't interested in doing much training (hope the meds. will work eventually!), but she is surprisingly interested in playing with the teeter. I think she has always liked contacts because, 1 - I put a ton of time into them and 2 - they are always the same, which Tibby likes.
So where and why do we train at home? Where: backyard 50x30 bumpy grass/dirt/weeds. When I first brought Tibby home my yard looked like this and this and this and this - then Tibby arrived and I did this, but it still looked like this. Can you imagine me as your neighbor LOL!
So I had Tibby and we started doing agility and the yard moved on to this . But I still had my pond that I had hand dug 14 times. YES 14 TIMES. It was 5 feet deep too - *sigh*. I liked my pond a lot.
Now my yard looks like this:
Sooooo boring. And it's not flat. I try and try to get it flat and nope, bumpy. ARGH! I hate grass. And it's muddy. I would love to cover it all with artificial turf, but that would cost like $25,000. Well, that's not gonna happen! It's good training for the pups (and me) to run on it though. Very difficult to run on and you get a good work out. Especially in the dark - might break an ankle in one of Dhali's freshly dug holes too.
So now why: We train at home, because it is the only option. 1- Because of Tibby's anxiety issues and 2 - Because I live in the middle of an agility black hole (not just agility - ALL dog training). 1 hour drive/65 miles to take a class. 2+ hours/120+ miles to take an actually good class. Ring rental? Nope. I could drive for hours and still not find a ring rental, because I'm not a club member or taking a weekly class. Stupid rules! It would actually be cheaper for me to buy all my own equipment - gas isn't cheap! Plus when I have taken a class: I drive for 2 hours/leave work early/brave snowy, icy roads and my dog gets 2 mins. of attention and working time in the class. 2 hours = 2 mins? Not worth it.
Plus at home I can stop training if it isn't working and I don't feel like it was wasted time. We'll try again tomorrow. In a class, after all the effort I put into getting there, I want magic things to happen!
Does that stop me from dreaming about the perfect house with the perfect agility yard? No, I have been known to creepily check out nice houses with big yards. And fenced in yards? Whoo hoo! The trifecta of perfection!
I also drive slowly past all large flat pieces of land and imagine fencing them in. Is it wrong to have a dream? Remember I'm the person who re-dug a pond 14 times by hand. :P
Now the basement was created just for agility training - just for Tibby and now Dhali too! I have my big teeter down there and the channel weave poles. Those 2 things stay downstairs, because the teeter is too nice to take outside LOL! - it was expensive! and the weave poles don't sit on the ground right. Like I said the ground is bumpy - grrrr bumpy grass >:(
Also there is a long plank for dog walk training.
I also have the 'inside' tunnel that stays in the basement. It's all nice and clean.
I have carpet on the floor and extra thick padding underneath the carpet.
Outside I have 5 jumps, 2 tunnels and some versa weave poles plus a plank for dog walk training.
The jumps and travel teeter go both inside and outside. I just have to wash them off a lot if they are coming inside, which takes a long time, so usually if something comes inside it might not go back outside for a looong time. Until I forget about how long it took me to clean all the yard dust off of it!
I don't know if it is possible to train a dog with just a handful of equipment in a backyard/basement, but I'm trying my best!
The other Blog Action Day posts are here
Dhali wants to be a MAX200 model.
Tibby is tired. Drugs kicking in? or just tired from the stressful appointment?