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Title: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Chris Nelson on April 08, 2012, 11:09:59 PM
All the info currently available.

More will be added as it becomes available.
Title: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Ajilldogs on May 14, 2012, 12:53:46 PM
Hi Chris. Do you know of any beginning agility tests in calif or OR or WA?? Thx
Title: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Ajilldogs on May 14, 2012, 01:02:43 PM
What i meant was this summer besides the one in Port Gamble WA. If anyone knows of any s let me know. Jill, Gunner aNd Jed
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on May 14, 2012, 04:03:29 PM
We will be doing many of them in Bend, OR and several more in Canby, OR.

Sharon
Title: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Ajilldogs on May 14, 2012, 05:50:50 PM
Thank you. I would love to know when. We need all the help we can muster...Jef and Jill
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Lynne Almeida on May 14, 2012, 08:25:58 PM
We are trying to get ourselves organized to do one or two this summer in Mammoth Lakes, CA (in the Eastern Sierra)!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sheila & the Shelties on May 14, 2012, 08:35:07 PM
I'd love to see any Beginner's Agility in northern California or northern Nevada.  More EGC too.  Perhaps we need ambassadors in different areas to spread it around.  As with the forum, there's resistance to change!

And as I was composing this, I see there is some being planned for Mammoth Lakes.  Hoorah!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Lynne Almeida on May 16, 2012, 09:01:22 PM
Sheila, we will also have EGC at our August trial in Mammoth ...  :)
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sheila & the Shelties on May 17, 2012, 01:58:54 PM
Sheila, we will also have EGC at our August trial in Mammoth ...  :)

I'll have to check that out!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: agilityjunkie on June 05, 2012, 09:38:58 AM
We have been holding a Beginner Agility Trial once per month for the last two months at Agility Junkies. They have become wildly popular with no less than 15 to 18 dogs participating. That number may jump since we began to give out Title Plaques as an award. This is an awesome way to introduce newbies to the fun of competition. We gave away 7 plaques at our second Beginner Trial and many jumped in with both feet to try the BA-2. Come join us in Illinois!

Lora
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Lynne Almeida on June 16, 2012, 12:32:59 PM
We are planning to have a BA-1 trial (2 rounds) in Mammoth Lakes, CA on July 21st ... we should have the premium on our web site shortly and I'll post here and in the Trials section when it's available!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Maureen deHaan on June 18, 2012, 09:38:26 AM
I am thinking of offering a BA trial this summer in NY... I have a couple of questions:

1) Dogs can only "compete" in one level (ie BA-1) until they get 3 Q's , then they move up?

2) If I am the only evaluator I can only evaluate one level at a given trial...correct?

thanks for any help you can give...
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: my3fundogs on June 20, 2012, 07:48:10 AM
I'm unclear what a Beginner's Agility test is. Is it a trial with only Novice classes???
Can anyone enter, even with a dog that has been trialing for awhile?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 20, 2012, 09:29:31 AM
I am thinking of offering a BA trial this summer in NY... I have a couple of questions:

1) Dogs can only "compete" in one level (ie BA-1) until they get 3 Q's , then they move up?

2) If I am the only evaluator I can only evaluate one level at a given trial...correct?

thanks for any help you can give...

1.   correct, they must earn a minimum of 30 points in BA-1 before entering BA-2

2.  You could be the evaluator for both BA-1 and BA-2 at the same test.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 20, 2012, 09:31:17 AM
I'm unclear what a Beginner's Agility test is. Is it a trial with only Novice classes???
Can anyone enter, even with a dog that has been trialing for awhile?

The BA program is a "Pre-Novice" set of tests........ although with that said, many Elite dogs can't pass the tests!  The first test is a stay at the start............ some Elite dogs do fail that test immediately!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Maureen deHaan on June 20, 2012, 09:42:18 AM
Thanks Sharon -

Next Question - How many "rounds" of BA-1  can be offered at one test?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 20, 2012, 11:40:28 AM
Thanks Sharon -

Next Question - How many "rounds" of BA-1  can be offered at one test?

A maximum of two rounds!!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Lynne Almeida on July 06, 2012, 08:45:17 PM
Eastern Sierra Agility Group is offering two rounds of BA-1 on July 21st ... The premium and entry can be found on our web site: www.easternsierraagility.com (http://www.easternsierraagility.com).  Just click on "BA-1 trial" on the home page.  Come try out Beginner Agility with us the the beautiful Eastern Sierra, right by Mammoth Lakes, CA ... And let me know if you have any questions!  BTW, our premium for our regular annual trial is available on our site, too.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Murrelet Halterman on July 08, 2012, 05:14:12 PM
Are "practice"- style gates acceptable for BA tests, or do we need EGC-style lattice gates to offer a test?

How much advance notice does the office require for a BA test? I know months are required for agility trials, but I wasn't sure about BA.

Thanks in advance!

Murrelet
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Lynne Almeida on August 08, 2012, 02:42:34 PM
Eastern Sierra Agility Group will be offering Beginner Agility at our upcoming ESAG trial! There will be 2 rounds each of levels 1 & 2. The premium and entry form are now on our web site: http://www.easternsierraagility.com/. (http://www.easternsierraagility.com/.) You can mail the form to me, bring it with you to the trial, or fill one out on-site ... just let me (Lynne Almeida) know if you have any questions!  The Beginner Agility classes will be on Friday, 8/17, and will run concurrently with the Extreme Games classes ... we hope you can join us!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Kelly Wilson on August 10, 2012, 11:20:30 PM
I have entered my first beginner agility test.  I read the handbook and it talks about the distraction test where you walk by a dog in a pen and your dog cannot react or pull on the leash.  Are you allowed to use a gentle leader? I gentle leader is allowed in a std trial but was not sure if allowed for beginner agility testing. 
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: SandysDogs on January 29, 2013, 06:30:37 AM
Where is the info for BA 3. I went to the NADAC site and I can only find the info for level 1 and level 2?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on January 29, 2013, 01:13:27 PM
Where is the info for BA 3. I went to the NADAC site and I can only find the info for level 1 and level 2?

Yep, I have Level 3 finished.  I sent it to the Arizona folks for review and I will post it today.

Thanks for all the help everyone in completing the rules for Level 3 requirements.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: agilityjunkie on January 29, 2013, 01:24:08 PM
Can't wait to see BA-3 we have a bunch of folks ready and waiting for the next challenge!

Lora Del Page
Agility Junkies, Inc.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Anne Etherton on January 29, 2013, 01:35:31 PM
Palomar Agility Club is having BA-1 and BA-2 at our trial Feb 16-17 in Ramona, CA near San Diego.  We did it last year and it was very successful.

Anne
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Billie Rosen on January 29, 2013, 04:14:47 PM
Jumping Chollas Agility Club in Phoenix is offering all 3 levels of Beginner Agility at our test next Monday night.  We are offering 6 runs of EGC each evening for next Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 6 & 7), and then a 3 day NADAC Handling seminar on Friday thru Sunday (Feb. 8-10).  Definitely a great NADAC week here in Phoenix.

Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: SandysDogs on January 29, 2013, 05:08:19 PM
Can't wait to see Level 3.
Thanks Sharon.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: LeeAnne McAdam on January 29, 2013, 07:42:43 PM
That sounds like a lot of fun in Arizona!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on January 29, 2013, 11:25:38 PM
Can't wait to see Level 3.
Thanks Sharon.

I uploaded the Guidelines with Level 3 included into the Media Section of this forum, under Rules.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sheila & the Shelties on January 31, 2013, 01:00:00 AM
Sharon:

The rules say that the leash may be put on the dog between exercises.  To me, this reads as if you do NOT have to have the leash on the dog between exercises if your dog is under control.

However, I was told by a tester at at BA test that I must put the leash on my dog between exercises, although my dog was under voice control and was willingly following me, at my command, between the stations.

Which is correct?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on January 31, 2013, 09:55:05 AM
Sharon:

The rules say that the leash may be put on the dog between exercises.  To me, this reads as if you do NOT have to have the leash on the dog between exercises if your dog is under control.

However, I was told by a tester at at BA test that I must put the leash on my dog between exercises, although my dog was under voice control and was willingly following me, at my command, between the stations.

Which is correct?

No, you do not "have" to put your leash on.   You "may" put your leash on if you choose.  It might be that a tester would ask you to put your leash on if they felt that the dog was not as controlled as they want.... but if your dog is under control you should be able to walk between exercises without a leash.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sheila & the Shelties on January 31, 2013, 07:49:24 PM
Thanks.  The tester agreed the dog was under my control, but said that the rules required that the leash be put on the dog between stations.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on January 31, 2013, 08:29:34 PM
Thanks.  The tester agreed the dog was under my control, but said that the rules required that the leash be put on the dog between stations.

Maybe they are reading this and will realize that there is a choice.  I am sure it was just a misunderstanding.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sheila & the Shelties on January 31, 2013, 08:41:04 PM
I think it was too.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: SandysDogs on March 04, 2013, 10:49:44 AM
I'm looking for the postings about using a barrel in the BA Test?
I heard that you could use a barrel instead of the a-frame?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on March 10, 2013, 10:07:57 PM
I'm looking for the postings about using a barrel in the BA Test?
I heard that you could use a barrel instead of the a-frame?

Yes, we do allow a barrel exercise in place of the a-frame test for clubs that don't have an a-frame available.  It is attached to this post and I will add it to the Media section.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: SandysDogs on March 11, 2013, 08:39:14 AM
Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: agilityjunkie on March 21, 2013, 01:02:55 PM
Very excited about the release of the BA-3! I do have a question. In the aframe tunnel test can the four second stop be in the yellow on the aframe? Or, does the dog need to be released from the aframe and show restraint on the ground before entering the tunnel?
Lora
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on March 21, 2013, 01:17:18 PM
Very excited about the release of the BA-3! I do have a question. In the aframe tunnel test can the four second stop be in the yellow on the aframe? Or, does the dog need to be released from the aframe and show restraint on the ground before entering the tunnel?
Lora

They cannot flip from the a-frame to the tunnel.......... also it does not show a "discrimination" when the dog is already on the a-frame.  The dog should leave the a-frame and the next part of the test is a discrimination showing that the dog will go into the tunnel when given both as choices.

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: agilityjunkie on March 21, 2013, 02:25:51 PM
Okay, I had to read it again. So, we would probably want to mark a pause area out for exhibitors. I LOVE the honor exercise! I like this challenge better than heeling off leash.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on March 30, 2013, 10:10:07 AM
Okay, I had to read it again. So, we would probably want to mark a pause area out for exhibitors. I LOVE the honor exercise! I like this challenge better than heeling off leash.

Good idea with marking off a pause area!!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info
Post by: Karen Birdsong on June 18, 2013, 08:26:39 PM
Would you clarify the use of collars in BA.  The Guidelines talks about taking the leash off the dog, does this mean the dog my keep their collar on or does the rule of no collars carry over from regular NADAC agility to BA?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 18, 2013, 08:48:57 PM
Would you clarify the use of collars in BA.  The Guidelines talks about taking the leash off the dog, does this mean the dog my keep their collar on or does the rule of no collars carry over from regular NADAC agility to BA?

Collars are not allowed in any NADAC class, including BA tests.

Sharon
Title: Beginners Agility Level III
Post by: Karen Birdsong on November 24, 2013, 01:16:10 PM
The application for a BA Test states minimum of 8 gates are needed for Level 3, but I count 6 when looking at the test setup (course layout).  What am I missing? ???
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: valli on November 28, 2013, 09:32:23 PM
Will there be any BA Test's in Missouri in 2014?
Valli
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: valli on December 20, 2013, 07:45:41 PM
Are the states having BA tests listed some where, like the regular 'trial calendar'?, or do you have to request a test.
Thanks,
Valli
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: golden1828 on December 26, 2013, 06:15:18 AM
Are results from BA submitted to NADAC and listed under a dog's points on the website?
Linda & Sawyer
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on December 26, 2013, 10:35:43 AM
Yes, they are listed in the calendar section. 

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Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on December 26, 2013, 10:36:57 AM
Yes...points and titles are listed.  Its great, everything in one place.

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Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: valli on December 26, 2013, 09:15:04 PM
Thank you Karen, I looked and no state any where up to two states away on each side of Missouri has one listed..a lot of trials are still TBA hopefully one of them will list one.
Thank again
Valli
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on December 27, 2013, 07:43:22 AM
Suggest you let those clubs know there is an interest.  Here in California we probably get oh... maybe 10 dogs that come over from the main ring.  We challenge those with Novice, Open and Elite titles to try it.

We are doing more and more here in Southern CA as more clubs begin to offer it along with their regular trial.

I like to think of this as investing in our futureNADAC agility dogs.  We have had first timers, training for other venues, come to try it and leave with very favorable impression of NADAC.

Good Luck.

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Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on December 31, 2013, 11:42:59 AM
Suggest you let those clubs know there is an interest.  Here in California we probably get oh... maybe 10 dogs that come over from the main ring.  We challenge those with Novice, Open and Elite titles to try it.

We are doing more and more here in Southern CA as more clubs begin to offer it along with their regular trial.

I like to think of this as investing in our futureNADAC agility dogs.  We have had first timers, training for other venues, come to try it and leave with very favorable impression of NADAC.

Good Luck.

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Karen, we need a like button on that one!!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on February 24, 2014, 12:13:25 AM
Last weekend (2/19/14) the Palomar Club in CA offered BA on Saturday and held EGC Gaters as part of the regular trial in the main arena that same afternoon.  Some of the BA folks made their debut in the main ring by entering the Gaters class.  These handlers felt they were not ready to ask their dogs to do things like weaves and contracts in a full trial setting (my hat is off to them not wanting to push their dogs too fast).  Novice Gaters seemed a logical first step from BA....their dogs had shown success in working the gate and tunnel exercises at the BA Level II or higher.  I am happy to report the dogs and handlers did a fabulous job and they are looking forward to finishing their BA titles and pursuing NADAC.

I really enjoy working with the BA program. I love seeing these young dogs and new handlers progress.  I also like the way it nicely flows into Novice EGC.   

I would like to suggest to groups offering BA on one day at their trial, to consider offering one class that the "advanced" BA folks could try, such as Gaters or Barrelers.  Two rounds of BA and a round (or two) of Barrelers or Gaters seemed to work well for a number of the upper level BA folks.   
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: DeafSheltieMom on February 24, 2014, 02:14:37 PM

I really enjoy working with the BA program. I love seeing these young dogs and new handlers progress.  I also like the way it nicely flows into Novice EGC.   


We APPRECIATE and THANK YOU, Karen (and all of the volunteer testers), for your selfless dedication to BA!  Your belief in, and promotion of, the program has helped it grow in So.Cal.  We owe you so much for helping "baby" dogs and handlers gain self confidence in the BA program.

My little Papillon girl Tesla earned her first Qs at the Palomar trial in BA-1, and my scaredy boy Hutch earned his first BA-3 Q...  without BA, neither would have had a chance to play agility with mom that day.  BA ROCKS!

-dayle
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: A Jussero on February 24, 2014, 06:17:51 PM
Here in remote North Dakota we have no close trials (under 300 miles) and a real problem with air service so I have held 12 BA trials over the past year and they have been fun, we have learned a bunch, well attended.  Since getting a judge is a major expense and effort, I really appreciate NADAC allowing us old "seasoned" handlers to act as judges and give a "trial" experience to our teams.  And yes, they do flow right into the EGC program.  Please keep these available!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on February 24, 2014, 11:49:29 PM
Here in remote North Dakota we have no close trials (under 300 miles) and a real problem with air service so I have held 12 BA trials over the past year and they have been fun, we have learned a bunch, well attended.  Since getting a judge is a major expense and effort, I really appreciate NADAC allowing us old "seasoned" handlers to act as judges and give a "trial" experience to our teams.  And yes, they do flow right into the EGC program.  Please keep these available!

You are doing a great job in your area!!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: emz890 on February 27, 2014, 07:56:26 AM
Are the BA tests required before moving to Novice?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on February 27, 2014, 11:41:12 AM
No, but the BA levels provide an excellent  path to Novice. 

I have had  BA folks say, upon completion of Level 3, that they want a Level 4....I tell them...there is, it is called Novice...lol. 

All dogs, including Elite, can go for their BA titles.

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Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: valli on April 13, 2014, 06:40:04 PM
Big thumbs up to the host clubs that have found the time to get the numbies started in the fun of NADAC agility by offering the 'Beginners Test' in their trials, :) I have still had no luck finding a trial close to me that offers the BT, I have emailed and requested to a couple, but their trials are so full and run late on the trail day's that they just don't have the time to squeeze them into the trial schedule. :( Would so like to get my young girl started and get her some experience in a trial setting, but guess we'll just have to wait until she's 18 months.....
Valli and 'The Spoos'
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: LeeAnne McAdam on April 14, 2014, 05:58:21 AM
If you have two testers at a BA test, can each tester have their dogs evaluated by the other tester?
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on April 14, 2014, 06:30:37 AM
If you have two testers at a BA test, can each tester have their dogs evaluated by the other tester?

Yes, in BA you certainly can!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: LeeAnne McAdam on April 14, 2014, 06:48:51 AM
Woo-hoo!!  Thanks!
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Michelle Butler on June 06, 2014, 01:19:16 AM
 Anyone who is interested in entering intro classes at a Nadac trial in Northern Calif.  Checkout WAG in Elk Grove, Ca., Susan has been adding them to a few of the classes.  There is two upcoming trials with Intro classes added 1 trial in June and another over the July 4th weekend.
Title: BA Guidebook
Post by: Karen Birdsong on September 18, 2014, 01:04:55 PM
I would like to suggest that the next time the BA Guidebook is updated that it adds:
    1.  The Barrel exercises
    2.  A titling grid so exhibitors can see the titles they can earn including Outstanding and Superior.  Many of these folks are new to both NADAC and agility so they are still learning how Qs lead to different titles. 

Thanks for the program.  I LOVE  seeing the young dogs come out and spend time with their favorite human.  I think Intro is make the perfect "Level IV" is you would....  Great transition between BA and Novice.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Gr8Sunny on June 15, 2016, 12:45:10 PM
If anyone plans to hold this in Minnesota I would be interested in testing. 
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 16, 2016, 10:27:20 AM
I really wish more clubs would offer the BA classes!!!  It would so help the entire agility community if every dog had to pass the "Beginners" tests!!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on June 26, 2016, 05:27:31 AM
Come to Yorba Linda, CA this Wednesday, June 29.  Palomar Agility Club is hosting a BA Test.  Then next is planned for August 31.   :)
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 26, 2016, 08:40:53 AM
I really wish more clubs would offer the BA classes!!!  It would so help the entire agility community if every dog had to pass the "Beginners" tests!!

Sharon

I think there should be a special awards for teams that have passed all three levels of BA!!  It would make agility trials a safer place to be!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on June 26, 2016, 07:26:46 PM
Palomar has had one dog earn 140 points in BA-3 and another 100 points in BA-3.  They tried Palomar's BA classes, earned a few titles and went off to another instructor so they could learn the "real" agility equipment.  These students, like many others, came back stating that they were so far ahead of the other students as their dogs understood simple path work.  The could send their dog to the jumps, tunnels, and other equipment something the other students could not.  The institutor only taught equipment execution skills, not overall communication skills.  They came back wanting more communication/path instruction.  It was very satisfying to see students that opt to spend time doing basic ground work, before spending a lot of time on equipment orientated classes. 

Thanks Sharon for the program.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on June 28, 2016, 01:43:37 PM
Palomar has had one dog earn 140 points in BA-3 and another 100 points in BA-3.  They tried Palomar's BA classes, earned a few titles and went off to another instructor so they could learn the "real" agility equipment.  These students, like many others, came back stating that they were so far ahead of the other students as their dogs understood simple path work.  The could send their dog to the jumps, tunnels, and other equipment something the other students could not.  The institutor only taught equipment execution skills, not overall communication skills.  They came back wanting more communication/path instruction.  It was very satisfying to see students that opt to spend time doing basic ground work, before spending a lot of time on equipment orientated classes. 

Thanks Sharon for the program.

Awesome, Karen!  You made my day!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Karen Birdsong on July 13, 2016, 02:46:18 PM
Path markers in BA. 

Palomar Agility Club offers BA Testing every two months in Yorba Linda, CA.  Should we be putting hoops, whiskers, cones or some other type of marker on the barrels? 

BA emphasizes path so I feel we should update this exercise.  I would like to see hoops (2 or 3) on each barrel to help emphasis the path we would like to see the dog to perform. Too much for the BA level?

Attached is a sketch of what the three different Levels are expected to do.  I drew the attachment several years ago and at the moment cannot remember how to get into it to move the numbers to where I think the hoops should be, but I think most Testers would know.   I can do an update if NADAC wants to add the hoops or some other type of path marker.
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on July 14, 2016, 08:59:32 AM
Path markers in BA. 

Palomar Agility Club offers BA Testing every two months in Yorba Linda, CA.  Should we be putting hoops, whiskers, cones or some other type of marker on the barrels? 

BA emphasizes path so I feel we should update this exercise.  I would like to see hoops (2 or 3) on each barrel to help emphasis the path we would like to see the dog to perform. Too much for the BA level?

Attached is a sketch of what the three different Levels are expected to do.  I drew the attachment several years ago and at the moment cannot remember how to get into it to move the numbers to where I think the hoops should be, but I think most Testers would know.   I can do an update if NADAC wants to add the hoops or some other type of path marker.

We agree Karen, great input!

Sharon
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Lynn Koeppen on October 20, 2016, 09:00:06 AM
Do clubs continue to offer Beginners Tests with the availability of intro courses at trials. Our club i considering offering tests on a fun match date.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Lynn
Title: Re: Beginners Agility info *Sticky Topic*
Post by: Sharon Nelson on October 20, 2016, 09:05:32 AM
Do clubs continue to offer Beginners Tests with the availability of intro courses at trials. Our club i considering offering tests on a fun match date.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Lynn

Yes, clubs still offer BA.  Most offer BA as a class graduation test or offer them once a month as part of a fun match.

You can sure tell at a trial which dogs have passed BA tests........ just that bit of ring exposure sure helps!

Sharon