If you want to keep your dog in top condition both physically and mentally then agility is a good place to start. Dog agility is a dog sport in which the handler directs their dog through an obstacle course in a race for speed and accuracy. In competition, dogs run off lead with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. The handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.
First time training? Here are some tips…
Don’t feed your dog a meal for 4hrs before jumping as full tummies can get twisted
Only a flat collar with no tags can be worn under test and this is recommended for training too due to safety.
Wear sensible shoes/cloths for grass and the weather conditions layers are best as you will get hot when working your dog and may cool off quickly between your turns, a coat for your dog is advisable to cover warm muscles.
Bring your dog’s favourite toy and have a spare replica in case they decide not to return with it. If they don’t play with a toy you will need a lotus ball or clam to deliver food in.
Bring lots of treats small enough to swallow whole as chewing will just slow you down!
Bring your smile and sense of humour as agility is fun first and foremost! The first rule of agility is having fun, both you and your dog.
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