The Basics of Dog Agility

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Some dogs are more active than others. If your dog wants to keep going even after a good bout of exercise, you should consider getting him involved in more sports activities. Look for a dog park that has a good obstacle course and if your dog is able to negotiate the obstacles with ease, you have an agile dog on your hands.Agility is a legitimate canine sport that puts your dog through obstacles and jumps at a very rapid pace. A handler will run with the dog after taking it off its leash, giving commands and guiding your dog to the next obstacle. The best part about the sport is that almost any dog can take part in it, irrespective of weight, size, breed, height or age.

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Age is no barrier if you want your dog to learn agility. But, before you undertake a new activity, check with the vet to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions your dog has. If your dog is still young, you might have to wait till he becomes a bit more mature and healthy till he is ready to handle all the jumping and running demanded by agility sports.If you really want to start early, you can start when he is one year old. By the time he is ready to compete, he will be fit, agile and energetic. You should also incorporate obedience training as part of the regimen. He should be able to respond to obedience commands before he can get into group training and competitions. This is absolutely necessary since your dog will be off his leash and he needs to have an amicable temperament towards the other dogs and people.Agility training begins with smaller and simpler versions of the obstacle courses that your dog will be expected to negotiate when he is ready to compete. He will be trained to navigate hoops, the A-frame and tunnels. The weave poles and the see-saw are some of the most challenging obstacles on the course. As the training progresses and your dog begins to excel, the obstacles will be intensified to meet the challenges.Always remember to reward your dog for performing well. Praise, treats and special objects are excellent motivators and will egg your dog to perform better. From the point of view of the dog, one of the greatest pleasures in competition and training is the attention and positive response that he receives from the human he has the closer bond with.If you want to know more about agility routines, contact an agility club in your locality and attend a competitive event to find out more about the sport. The handlers will advise you on the most appropriate routine for your dog.

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