If you don't like something, change it...
If you could change just one thing about agility, asked Jo Asher on Agilitynet Facebook, what would it be? Hers would be the early 8.30am starts! We liked your answers so much that we've put then altogether. Serious or cheeky, what are your niggles?
I'm with you, Jo. Would be nice to start at about 10am!
times we have had to get up at 4am and not had a run till 10 or 11am I do wonder
why it has to be so early?
too. Afternoon/evening agility for night owls!
not to have to walk four courses first thing ! My dream is to actually have no
classes ' first in ring.'
later starts, and not having to hang around for six hours because your second run
is at 10:00am and the third class you're in doesn't start till about 3 or 4pm.
Especially when the last run, that I've hung around for ages to do, is a helter skelter and he knocks
waiting around and it always happens you end up running and walking two many
courses at once.
later starts and more rings so that, if you're only running one dog, you're not
sat around for hours between each run.
starts. Hanging around until
8.30 is a waste of time. Could
have show opening at first light
and course walking 6am.
runs. There are so many, many shows where all the Medium runs of one grade happen all at
the same time.
my dog go clear on the first run of the day instead of the last, so that I don't
have to wait around until 6 o'clock to find out if we were placed.
being at the ring and ready to go and not holding things up.
way the queue happens.
more than 10 in a queue
in at the right end of the queue - and definitely a rain ban.
moaning and more help !
to do their bit on the rings.
Soon much easier if we did.
competitors taking the time to
help as it's always the same
people helping and the same
people not helping.
people with sharp dogs who don't
keep an eye on them and allow
them to ruin things for others.
rings to be fenced.
ropes. I would like to see all
rings fenced, would help keeping
inexperienced dogs in the ring.
At nearly every show I go to,
there is a loose dog ruining
ring size. Change to same as
Europe, longer and thinner
rather than square so we can let
the dogs stretch out more
get a clear round even if you have time faults.
have all shows less than half an hour's drive away. We don't camp.
fuel for all travel to and from shows - and possibly training, too.
have different weaves for different sizes - bigger dogs with longer gaps and smaller dogs
with narrower gaps so they were all challenged relative to size, as with jumps.
get rid of weave poles. If we're going to mess up, it's usually the entrance to
the weaves, or there's a monster half way through the course.
rid of dropped tunnel or make it
make the contact points bigger so my dog never missed them - perhaps the full
length of the down ramps.
contact areas for Large dogs as,
for some to get the contact,
they have to break their
would like to see electronic contact sensors.
bring in a proper 4th height as
a separate class for those that
have suitable height dogs, not
confuse the whole issue yet
again - I like simple and
competition should be like for
Be wonderful if all dog heights
could run at the same time. Bad
enough having a Large and
Medium. Must be horrendous
having all three.
increase in the minimum distance
for Large dogs.
courses for smaller dogs -especially mine.
courses, especially when it comes to safety issues like contact approaches or
sheep, rabbit or horse poo on
where the rings are when I go to
run! And most defiantly no
sheep, horse or bunny poo!
cut down the number of obstacles in the any size classes to a maximum of 18 and
to make the maximum course length in these classes 100m.
number of competitive dogs at
indoor venues unless the venue
can accommodate plenty of space
for queuing and distance between
change how measuring is done. There must, by now be a more
accurate way so that dogs are in
the correct height. Too many so
fearing that if I make a mistake
when judging 400 dogs it will be
on Facebook before I get home!
weather needs to be just warm enough and dry. I loath wet weather!
with picnics around the ring.
have someone drive, set up camp and hold dogs while I queue and take back and
bring dogs to me, video runs, break down camp. Hang on a minute that's what
I had at Easter. Good old hubby only started coming to shows since we got
motorhome last year but it is great!
bun fight for camping pitches.
shows to have allocated camping!
up at all shows for camping -
makes such a difference!
cheap, dog friendly hotel on
bar would be great.
parking to the rings.
milessss away from the rings!
on the day at KC shows.
to enter KC shows so far in
inability to run and think fast enough to keep up with my collie!
change the direction agility is
going to biggest
mistake taking the word 'fun' out
of the description!
That's it. Love everything else.
I love it all.