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Dog Agility Training - Help Your Dog To Stay Fit And Healthy

Feb 7, 2008
Have you ever run an obstacle course before ? Unless you are in a job where physical fitness is a must, it was probably when you were a child. Wasn't it really difficult to complete ? Indeed, if like many people, you chose to look at the course rather than actually attempt it, then you understand how difficult it would appear.

So if we accept that an obstacle course is difficult why do we demand that our pet should be able to complete the course. Indeed, some of these courses are a real test of an animals endurance, agility and conditioning. Despite what you may think after watching your pooch yomp around in the backyard, he doesn't have the skills to run through tunnels, slalom poles or run up and down a seesaw. No, they need some form of training.

Agility dog training programs are created to give dogs the physical capacity to run an obstacle course. They aim to make your pet stronger and fitter. As a dog in an obstacle course remains under the control of it's owner, the course also teaches the dog to respond to commands. This has two benefits, it teach the dog obedience training and builds on the relationship that an owner must have with his/her dog. Dog agility training programs also help your pet to cope with unpredictable situations and effectively think independently. For example, it isn't clear to a dog how to run through a tunnel or even why it should do this. Your pet has to be instructed on these techniques so that it will be able to apply these skills to different obstacle courses in different locations.

Indeed, this is a challenging task for any trainer to communicate these skills to a dog. It should take quite a few hours of instruction with a skilled trainer before your dog will be able to tackle an obstacle course. Once this initial training is completed, it will be your task as the owner of the dog to continue it's training. In the end, it is about creating a strong connection between you and your dog. Once you have taken over this training role, it is up to you to keep your dog fit and up to date with the new obstacle course challenges. This might be hard to begin with but you will derive a great sense of achievement if you can improve your dogs performance and shave a few seconds of it's time.

The ultimate of agility dog training is involving your dog in competitions. No doubt you have seen these competitions at dog shows like Crufts on television or live. Many people think that these sorts of competitions are cruel for the dog but you will notice that they absolutely love the challenge. For me it is the highlight of many dog shows because the dogs can really let their hair down so to speak after all the formalities of official judging. Most dogs get so excited at the end of the course that they start barking and wagging their tails uncontrollably. Maybe it is the reaction of the crowd but it is clear that the dog really loves what it is doing.

Of course, in order to be successful in running such an obstacle course it will need solid agility dog training so that it has the skills and remains safe. This is an aspect of agility dog training that most people fail to consider. The aim of agility dog training is not just the development of the dog's all round skills and fitness, but also to make sure that the dog does not hurt himself.

And finally, the best reason for making your dog jump through hoops or over gates is to keep him fit and active, which will promote a healthy and well socialized animal. You will have a great time doing it as well.
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