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The Secrets Of Dog Agility Training

May 2, 2008
From the point of view of the majority of people, even for those without dogs, dog training is critically important. Some of the different types of training include the following: obedience training and potty training. The goal, of course, is to keep your pet out of places where it is not supposed to go. But there is another way of training your pet which is beneficial not only to the owner but to the dog themselves; it is called dog agility training.

Why agility training?

Most dogs are naturally energetic and active. But this canine energy must be directed in ways that will make the pet healthier as it grows older. A true pet lover realizes that the animal is not just a companion. The dog is also a responsibility. The responsibility does not stop at ensuring that the dog is fed. The responsibility includes the dog's future. It is a relatively short future. But after loyally serving as a companion for many years, the pet deserves an owner who looks out for it's health. And a key to the it's health is agility training. Agility training also increases the pet's confidence.

What to prepare?

Training a dog to learn agility will take some effort on the part of the owner. The owner is the primary dog trainer. For the pet to learn agility, the dog trainer must also be active. The owner must dress appropriately. This means that high-heeled Italian shoes and leather skirts are out. The dog trainer must dress comfortably in sneakers. The dogs must also "dress"
comfortably. The dog must wear either leather or webbed buckle collar. There should also be a rope lead made of either nylon or leather. For agility training, the dog must not have a chain lead because this can hurt the dog when the chain gets caught while the dog is jumping.

Are there types of dog agility training?

Dog agility training includes various activities for the dog. The dog may run a course that consists of hurdles, tire hoops, and seesaws. There are dog walk planks and weaving poles. But dog agility training can be classified into two types. These are the "obstacle training" and the "control training."

Obstacle training enhances the dog's sense of balance. Obstacle training heightens the dog's senses as well as practices the it's judgment. Professional trainers suggest that the best way to introduce agility training to a dog is to use the A-frame. This is closely followed by the use of the tunnel, the dog walk plank, and the low jump.

Control training teaches the dog to control its impulses and to develop discipline. The dog must learn to obey commands such as "heel," "sit," and "wait." Control training also makes the dog more alert. The dog can distinguish "right" from "left" and "stop" from "go."

Dogs are naturally faithful to their masters. The dog wants to please its owner. With treats, words or encouragement, and loving rubs on the head, the dog will follow the commands of the trainer. This means that dog agility training is not difficult at all. In fact, it can be a lot of fun, both for the trainer and the dog.
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