start my puppies off at around 8 weeks old with very simple things.
Like laying a broom stick down and having the pup walk over it with
the command of "over" followed by plenty of praise and a
treat. I don't like to use treats too much because some dogs won't
listen to you if you don't have treats. I like to start off with
treats and praise combined until I see that the pup has got the idea
then I wean them off of treats until their only reward is my praise.
pups get older I raise the height of the broom stick but only high
enough that they can easily walk over it (don't have a puppy jump it
can cause serious damage to their growing bones) This teaches them
hurdles. I will also take the pups to the park (only after they have
had all their shots) and place them on the play ground equipment to
get them used to heights. Some dogs get scared and hold onto the
ground for dear life just be calm and praise them when they are calm
and eventually they will like heights.
actually have my dogs jumping until they are two years old but they
do get prepared for the agility equipment at an early age.
dogs are happy healthy confident and brave.