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Jumps need heavily rewarded for dogs that find no excitement in them. They have to be made fun. Working with you has to be made fun. If your dog likes toys or has a favorite food, bring em! Be excitable in your praise/body language and reward quickly and often. I find this is the biggest issue in our beginner agility classes. Reward timing, high value rewards and rewarding often is soo important. Eventually the reward transfers to the obstacles/you in time.

It's best to start dogs out with just the poles or wings and no bars just to build value in going through and around those. Then add the bars at a low height - then build from there (as dog matures.. they shouldn't be doing full height bars until they themselves are fully grown).

Agility is a fun game. I've seen dogs that seemed like they weren't going to excel really come to love the game. It's always good to know when your dog just doesn't enjoy it though and play in other venues instead. :)
 
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