SLM (Cavalier/Whippet cross):
We have a lovely cavalier x whippet for whom the
obstacles at agility cause no problem. She is quick, agile and clears the jumps with ease
BUT........she is so easily distracted that it is impossible to keep her attention and as
soon as she gets the scent of something interesting we have lost her. No amount of
recall training has worked and we are open to suggestions as to how to stop
this problem. Any ideas?
(This one came into the "Oh Dear" category for
ease of training.)
SLM - I have posted your question in the forum under dog training and
hopefully you will get some answers.
I have only been doing
agility for about 4 months. She jumps well but the only bad thing
is that she does tend to wander off in the
middle of the course if she is
bored so you have to keep them busy. Apart from that she is brill.
good to get a bit of weight off a dog too as my dog was a bit overweight,
started doing small jumps and building up and now she is much better and
going over jumps. She is doing well even though she is 6 years old! but
coming up to
seven in Feb so I have to be careful not to do too high jumps
because I don't
want to strain her heart and muscles. So we have to do jump then
on. I would buy this dog again as they always try their best and have a
I think my dog
Sherry is the best dog in the world.
I never thought she could of done agility. It was only a month ago
when I got a mini agility kit for her for the garden. She really knocked me for
six when I found out she had a real talent for agility. She can jump any height
you put in front of her. At
the minute I am
training her to weave .
I would recommend this dog to any
person who wants to do agility but wants
a soft and cuddly dog for at home.
It's wonderful that you are enjoying agility
so much. Cavaliers usually come into the small height category and
they only need to jump 35cm in competition. All dogs should start
their training over lower jumps and build up their fitness and strength
before they go on to competition heights. If you have a dog
that comes into the medium category then the maximum jump height is
Agility is not just for collies:D
I never thought my breed of dog could
do agility but she is a super star. She will
jump anything :high jump
(1ft and over she can
even jump 2ft4) weaves,high hoop and
"As a breed will probably never be that fastest agility
dog, but mine is extremely consistent and has had
numerous places at novice level. My 11 month old CKCS pup is
also showing promise."
"Cavalier's are by nature easily distracted and so they can be a
bit frustrating at times but when they are on form they can give the
best of dogs a run for their money!"
of obedience training before starting agility. Our dog has a
tendency to wander off sniffing if there is anything more interesting on
the ground!" (cavalier/whippet cross)
Colin Budd has
written the following about the cocker/cavalier cross:
By crossing these
two breeds (done specifically for pets) you do not run a great risk of
getting any of the inherent problems from either breed ie heart problems
from the cavalier or liver/kidney problems from the cocker. Also
the temperament is loving and quick to learn (and fast). Will run
around around all day then cuddle up on your lap. Colin would
recommend this cross for agility and would choose this type of dog