I was hoping since there are quite a few members on here who do agility, you could offer me some guidance or advice.
I'm very new to training in agility. So when I started, I ended up going with Susan Garrett's Handling360 program. Not only was it rather on the expensive side, I did it for a year and still not really feel like I could go to a trial and compete. It focused on handling and learning a lot of verbal cues. I finally was able to find an agility class where the instructor was also in H360 (I figured it would be smart to keep it consistent). I've taken the four classes now, and still feel like I couldn't do anything/I don't think my girl really understands what I want her to do. We've yet to do any contact equipment (even foundational stuff) or even the table. Just jumps and tunnels over the past 24 weeks. I've certainly since gotten over the whole Susan Garrett craze, and I'm not crazy about her techniques.
I've decided maybe I should start over with something different. So I started looking into other options, but there aren't any other classes near me (actually there is one, but they punish dogs when they get it wrong, and I'm not going to do that). So I started looking online. and there are just so many options. Silvia Trkman (I do think I want RC!), One Mind Dogs, Bad Dog Agility, Daisy Peel...
I'm feeling very overwhelmed, and I don't really want to waste another year with no real progress. Does anyone have any preferred methods, or optimism for someone who is feeling fairly dejected?
Thanks so much!