5. If you could change one thing about your favorite performance activity what would that change be?
Jolene McCuaig: I would REALLY love if the obedience ring is less formal, I don't mean as informal as rally, but at least being able to say good boy or something during the exercises. My dog is used to me talking to him, he gets really weirded out by my complete silence.
Carol Lariviere: I think I'd get rid of the table in the Standard classes. Takes time in the class and then changing the table legs take time in the trial. The trials would get over a bit earlier.
Barbara Corriveau: If I could change one thing, I would want dogs to live longer. Imagine if we could run them for 20 years -- how brilliant would they be? But of course that will never be possible for anyone to change. I guess my second choice would be to have a separate class for professionals versus amateurs in agility. I may be the only person who feels this way, but it seems to me that there are a lot of professionals in this sport and it doesn't seem fair for amateurs to have to compete in the same classes with them.
Michelle Shoemaker: If I could change anything I would change AKC's herding trial courses. I would keep the requirements for titles and championships but I think the courses should change just as they do in agility. Each "A Course" would still have the same onbstacles but the judge would design a course -- arrange the obstacles in the order to be taken. I think this would make the courses more challenging yet fair.
Noreen Bennett: More volunteers without people looking for something in return.