And it's exhausting me! ;-D
Franklin has been progressing nicely - doing an awesome job with his weaves (and I get my own set at home soon), jumps, tunnels, a-frame. He still wants to short cut the approach to the dogwalk and the teeter is something he would like to treat as a jump instead of a see-saw (working on getting one of those for the yard). Pause table is great, etc. He varies on how he feels about the tire - it's so simpe to just run under it and get to the next obstacle ya know..
I'm learning that I have to have a huge lead out with him or I'm doomed. He wants to work with me rather than in front of me, but as long as I direct him, he can do that. My problem is remembering to ask him to do the next piece of equipment soon enough. It seems that I need to ask for equipment in groups of
3 because he moves so fast. I also have to realize that *I* don't need to beat every piece of equipment.
I'm just too slow for him! I forgot to take my asthma meds yesterday morning (don't know why - I take them 2x/day for the last 16 years!) and paid for it while calling out commands to him, while trying to keep up.

Does it ever get less exhausting? Is he just going to get faster (unfortunately, I think I know the answer for this)?
Janet Boss
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And it's exhausting me! ;-D Franklin has been progressing nicely

Yay Franklin! Yay Janet!
Does it ever get less exhausting? Is he just going to get faster (unfortunately, I think I know the answer for this)?

Actually, yes it does. You get better. He gets better at reading the body language that you don't even totally realize you're sending him. You get better at eliminating the signals you don't want him to get. He may get faster. But he'll probably get more controlled - as much by himself as by you.
Spenser started out as what we thought was going to be a really fast dog. He's not slow now - probably not any slower than he was before - but there's not so much uncontrolled speed. Mostly that was the speed he was racing away from me to do the obstacles he wanted to do next. I'm still at a run with him most of the course but since there's so much less chasing and calling him back, we are much more efficient about it. (Still a long way to go - which is why there are different levels of cmpetition!)

Sassy is now racing around courses - causing many people to come up afterward and say "Wow - she is such a FAST dog!". But she also has a Velcro side. So I think when she and DH get t heir signals flowing better, she may not seem quite so fast. (Right now she can do a jumpers course with a wrong course and a call-off at about ten seconds under the course time of
35 seconds or so.)

Looks like you're in real danger of totally joining the club of agility addicts. We go into it for ourselves mostly and then the dogs have such fun that there's no way out.
~~Judy
Does it ever get less exhausting? Is he just going to get faster (unfortunately, I think I know the answer for this)?

Maybe if you become more fit as a result of running (NOT saying that you aren't currently fit, but this is just speaking from my own experience)?
Recently at a lesson, I ran one of the instructors experienced trial dogs. It was a GREAT learning experience, and made me realize that they only get FASTER once they know more of what they are doing. ;-) Bodhi is pretty fast, and we've only just begun working on speeding him up.
One of the biggest problems for me was that she was below knee level, while I'm so used to having taall boys. I nearly tripped over her a couple of times, luckily, she's (the dog) is a good sport and sturdy!
Shelly & The Boys
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Maybe if you become more fit as a result of running (NOT saying that you aren't currently fit, but this is just speaking from my own experience)?

Yes. I'm currently not very fit. My asthma has always been SOME factor, but I spent 5 weeks off my feet this winter with foot surgery and I admit, have not gotten back to the same energy. The pain before that was hindering me, as was pain after I started walking again. The foot finally seems to be "normal" again, but not for very long now, so I'm getting back to more exercise. When I started this class in April (actually, that was beginners and were in intermediate now), I was there the first day despite a fever and horrible bronchitis. A little bit of a slow start! ;-D
One of the biggest problems for me was that she was below knee level, while I'm so used to having taall boys. I nearly tripped over her a couple of times, luckily, she's (the dog) is a good sport and sturdy!

Yeah - short dogs are a challenge! Franklin runs TO me so often that I've come close to head-first falls several times. I know that will improve, but I won't stop watching for him!
Janet Boss
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Maybe if you become more fit as a result of ... fit, but this is just speaking from my own experience)?

Yes. I'm currently not very fit. My asthma has always been SOME factor,but I spent 5 weeks off my feet ... I was there the first day despite a fever and horrible bronchitis. A little bit of a slow start! ;-D

Well, that would make it tough. I have a slight bone deformation, from a stress
fracture in my thigh bone that never healed properly. It throws me off balance
sometimes when it is hurting, but most of the time it isn't too bad. Especially
since I've lost weight, it was MUCH more painful when I was packing around an extra 35 lbs last fall.
I recently started riding a bicycle in the early a.m. (before it gets to freakin' hot!)
and taking Bodhi with me. He's got a couple extra lbs on him right now, so we're trying for family conditioning! We're doing about 3-4 miles right
now, I'd like to work up to more like 8-10 eventually.
Yeah - short dogs are a challenge! Franklin runs TO me so often that I'vecome close to head-first falls several times. I know that will improve, but Iwon't stop watching for him!

I will never forget the first time Bodhi went through a tunnel w/o going slowly.
He went ripping through, then hooked around so fast, right into me. I tripped
over him & went flying through the air.
Yeah, I'm that cool.
Shelly (getting much better in the coordination dept!) & The Boys
I will never forget the first time Bodhi went through a tunnel w/o going slowly. He went ripping through, then hooked around so fast, right into me. I tripped over him & went flying through the air. Yeah, I'm that cool.

Or the time we were working on front crosses in a matrix of jumps and I got totally lost, yelled "over!" and suddenly realized *I* was headed for the jump. I crashed it. Oww.

Kate
and Storm and (visiting) Java the FCRs
I'm just too slow for him! I forgot to take my asthma meds yesterday morning (don't know why - I ... ever get less exhausting? Is he just going to get faster (unfortunately, I think I know the answer for this)?

It does get better. It's easy to tell from your post that you're both real beginners. Not meant as an insult at all! But you are both still feeling each other out. You will both learn how to work smarter, not harder. He'll get more confident about moving ahead as you get more confident on how to direct him properly.
However, it's worth saying that my agility career has helped get me fitter. I now walk/jog about 3 miles a day. Okay, I walk about 2 1/2 miles and jog half a mile, am working up to jogging more and walking less. Emotion: smile I have mild exercise-induced asthma, so that doesn't help. But by slowly expanding the time I'm running, I'm also improving the asthma. Gone are the days, years ago, when running 4 courses a day at a NADAC trial totally killed me. I rarely come off the course puffing. It's just a matter of making fitness a part of my own agility training.
It does get better. It's easy to tell from your post that you're both real beginners. Not meant as an insult at all!

None taken! I've never done agility before him (except for a workshop 15 years or so ago! - remember the "sway bridge"?). He obviously works ahead of me in flyball, but he can see the goal easily there!
However, it's worth saying that my agility career has helped get me fitter. Gone are the days, years ago, when ... rarely come off the course puffing. It's just a matter of making fitness a part of my own agility training.

Regular flyball practice and tournaments, as well as running classes, usually keeps me going ok. the surgery definitely put me behind and I have to get back to where I was and then some. Believe it or not, flyball is not all about ONLY the dog running - I usually do a fair amount of work!
Janet Boss
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I will never forget the first time Bodhi went through ... & went flying through the air. Yeah, I'm that cool.

Or the time we were working on front crosses in a matrix of jumps and Igot totally lost, yelled "over!" and suddenly realized *I* was headed for the jump. I crashed it. Oww.

Or the time (with Coda) that I sent him over several jumps, and tripped over a ginormous pile of horse turds. I wish I could have seen that on film...it felt like slow motion!

Or when I ran headlong into the dogwalk & had a nice bump on my forhead! (Again, with Coda, I think we were doing a sequence that involved a tunnel under the DW & I lost footing...) Shelly & The Boys
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