The Small Print

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People are all very different. People choose to live by different morals / ethics. People choose to run business' differently. People choose to train and hanlde their dogs differently in agility. One way of life / agility does not fit all. Yet i suspect if you ask most agility handlers what they want most as far as agility is concerned they would answer the same - to have fun with their dogs first and foremost, and then to be successful.

Yet when it comes to training people just opt for any old club or trainer that is near to them and don't read the the small print. A friend of SWAT recently wrote a very good blog about training days and guest trainers, which i agree with. It is important not to try lots of different methods as dogs get confused - and they will slow down and stop having fun. However I do think that people are far too trusting of their trainers especially when they start out. I have written blogs before about what i believe it takes to be a good agility instructor and I want to add to my thoughts.

When choosing an instructor or club do you read the small print? What qualifications do they have? But also what level are they competing at? They may hold all sorts of behavioural and obedience qualifications but you are after agility lessons. Does your prospective trainer compete at G6 &7? Have they been doing so for a while? Have they run different types of dogs - high drive and less motivated? Is the club successful ? Are members getting to G7, old and young handlers? have you read the small print???!!

Some G3 handlers are teaching agility - and charging more than other more successful clubs! They may look  professional - fancy websites, vans etc but what value for money are you actually getting? Ask around - talk to club members. View lessons - this should be actively encouraged. If you have a specific problem does the trainer have a number of solutions to try?

Agility can take up alot of our time and money - please use it wisely and don't be ripped off. xx


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