Anyone into this? One of my JRT's I think would LOVE doing this. I was thinking about building him a little course in our back yard.
I agree with you as long as you limit it to possitive methods of training. Any fool can beat a dog into submission, or shock a dog into submission, or jerk a dog into submission with a pinch collar. It doesn't take training tallent to do that. No training knowledge is necessary.The most important aspect of any dog training is to learn to read one's dogs and to apply training methods appropriately to each. Learn to be a good trainer and well trained dogs follow no matter the technique, or the sport.
Every agility dog I know was taught using food and/or toys for incentives to learn. They are not used during the actual competition until his run is finished.Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs generally run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives.