Interview: Sally Gichner (agility instructor)

When did you get in to agility and what interested you? What brought you to it?

DSC_0051Ok, I’ve been doing agility for about 21 years. What happened was, I had gotten this dog because I wanted an obedience trial champion and also I wanted to go into the breed ring with him–but he was very young–and very interested in all of the female dogs and he wasn’t paying attention to me.

Agility was very new at that time, so I decided I’d take up agility until he grew up a little bit–and I got hooked. Continue reading “Interview: Sally Gichner (agility instructor)”

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Woofing It: Interview Questions

 

 

  1. Did you start agility by taking classes? What were they like and how long was it before your dog started showing confidence on the obstacles?
  2. IF YOU DIDN’T TAKE CLASSES: How did you train your dog for agility?
  3. What was your dog’s worst obstacle when s/he first started? What did s/he do?
  4. What was your first competition like? Do you remember your 1st time? Was your dog as confident at the competition as s/he was in training?
  5. How long before you knew your dog was competition ready? What behaviors were you looking for?
  6. What do you find most rewarding about agility? What do you find is most demanding?
  7. Has your dog ever sustained any injuries from agility? What were they and how were they treated?
  8. Have you won a title? What title was it and what was your time, class, and jump height?
  9. Do you find agility is easier with older or younger dogs? smaller or larger dogs? Do you have any breed preference? What makes them better?
  10. Why did you start agility? What sparked your interest in Dog Sport?

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Our First Agility Class and Vlog #3

DSC_0030Belle and I had our first class last night at WonderDogs, in Berlin, NJ. The class has mixed levels, meaning some people have taken agility classes before and some have not. I thought Belle might stand out and be the only large dog but she wasn’t.

One thing that surprised me was that we were not allowed to let our dogs socialize while we were there. It makes sense though, because as my teacher said, “You don’t want to be at a competition and then have your dog hop the fence in order to go say ‘hi’ to a friend.” And considering Belle is already so easily distracted, I spent a lot of time getting her attention back from dog butts to focus on me.

And with all the bacon treats in my pockets you would think I’d be the better choice. Continue reading “Our First Agility Class and Vlog #3”