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How old to show?

Discussion in 'Obedience & Sports' started by Johnnyoz, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. Johnnyoz

    Johnnyoz Puppy

    I have a new Amstaff pup......how old do they have to be to show in obedience or agility etc? I am interested in getting into these events with my pup but have no experience.
     
  2. ShanaRowan

    ShanaRowan FlirtPolin' Premium Member

    Depending on the organization, I believe 6 months to show in conformation, and usually a year in most dog sports. I do know that Barn Hunt allows 6 months old to trial, and NWDA (weight pull) allows dogs at 9 months.
     
  3. FransterDoo

    FransterDoo Big Dog

    Agility depends on the sanctioning organization. For example AKC is 15 months and USDAA is 18 months. But just because they are old enough doesn't mean they have the skills to compete.
     
  4. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    Welcome!

    You might not be able to compete until your pup is older
    But it is never to early to begin preparing them to what they will encounter at a competition!

    Good socialization skills and good manners go a long way in helping your puppy compete to the best of his ability.

    If your puppy has finished his shots, you can begin taking him into large crowds of people
    as well as working on training and researching what Obediance and Agility entail for both you and your puppy.

    Take him to some events, not to compete, but to watch, observe and see how he handles himself.
    A dog who is very shy and uncomfortable being around lots of people will only be stressed and nervous and neither of you will have any fun.

    Talk to others and ask lots of questions, meet new friends and get some great advice about how to start and where to start.

    I would also suggest NOT practicing agility until your puppy is a bit older, however, introducing him to agility equipment early is great so it does not frighten him later on.

    Agility and Obedience should be all about having fun and about your dog enjoying himself- keep that in mind as there is nothing worse then an owner who's only care is winning.
    Even if your puppy does not grow up to be the best of the best- as long as the two of you are having fun that should be all that matters.
     
  5. Johnnyoz

    Johnnyoz Puppy

    Thank you for the advice
     

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