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National Dog shows and Specialty dog Agility training

Jun 6, 2008
Speed and flexability are one of the most important attributes to increasing a dogs' agility level.As humans we know how important it is to feel confident and balanced throughout the day and I believe that dogs are very similar in the treatment that they need from us.Dog owners are becoming more involved in the well being of their pets and are reserving special time for them to train.This is time well spent due to the fact that dog agility is one of the newest and fastest growing sports around today.

History of Agility Training for Dogs

England in the 1970's is where it is thought that dog agility training was started and inspired by horse jumping.Both were attributed to a bond that is created between the animal and the owner.Advantages in the area of team skills and strategies were also developed.The quickest time and the lowest fault team takes top spot when in a competition.Similar to knocking down a fence pole in horse jumping where there are penalties.

A Dogs positive advantage

Another benefit of agility training for dogs is the mental effect it has on shy dogs and owners. Both often show a renewed confidence after successfully negotiating an agility obstacle course. Many dogs improve their coordination dramatically by completing the basic training exercises used to teach jumping and ramp work.For those hyperactive dogs, agility training provides them with a method of releasing some of that extra energy in a positive manner. The mental workout for the dog is often greater for the dog than the physical one. The teamwork that the sport builds between the owner and the animal builds a level of communication between the two that is very similar to how humans communicate.

A perfect sync system is a clear advantage to have between your dog and yourself,this creates the ability to learn new vocabulary and new obstacles on each course with different twists and turns.

Puppies

As quick as four months, small dog agility courses can be used in training a dog as small as a puppy and regular walks of at least two miles are recommended as they grow.It's also important that these dogs do not fall and injure themselves on an a-frame or a dog walk and should not be rushed through the obstacles on the course at to quick of a rate of speed.To help with injuries and to maintain traction, cross-laths are installed on ramps so to minimize any accidents.For the dog who is afraid of heights, the owner will coax through the uncertainty and by doing so will help his dog and himself. Good Luck in agility training your dog!
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