Dog Agility Training



Dogs that participate in Agility Training need to be fit and healthy.

Dog owners or handlers often times feed their dog a special diet that can help them perform faster and better. The great thing about Agility and Speed Training is that dogs of all sizes can compete and earn titles.

This is quite uncommon in dog championships, as they are often required to be purebred. International championships have opened up to mixed breeds and even allow senior dogs to partake in the event.

To create a fair and enjoyable event, many organizers and championships have created several classes that dogs can participate in. Typically dogs are divided into height groups, which helps rule out any advantages or disadvantages larger or smaller dogs might have.

Not only that, at some events dogs are separated once again based on experience. In order for dogs to go from a novice to a master class, they would need to have a certain amount of successes at the novice games before being able to move up to intermediate. Some championships even have a separate category for dogs older than seven or for junior handlers who are younger than 18.

Other than this case, dogs typically are not separated by age, only by height and experience. It should also be noted that despite these groups, dogs are not classified by breed in agility contests.

Typically a course is within a 100x100 foot area and the obstacles are laid out anywhere between 10 to 20 feet apart from each other. Judges are the ones who design the course and because of this each course is different. Dogs and handlers are allowed to take a walk around the course to familiarize themselves with it before the competition begins.

Handlers are able to run around the course without their companion to find the best way to guide their dog through it. The walk-through is the most important part of succeeding. Courses can sometimes take u-turns, 270 degree turns, and can even cross back on themselves.

Some Dog Training Obstacles are able to be used more than once and sometimes two obstacles might be so closely positioned together that the handler must be able to communicate to the dog the difference between right and left.

Handlers often go through a much different route than their dog, because of this; it can sometimes take a while for them to figure out the quickest way for their dog to reach the numbered obstacles. When handlers are confident where to position their dogs, dogs are capable of performing faster and with seamless ease.

Before you begin any agility training, make sure your dog does not have any preexisting conditions. Depending on the condition it could really affect your dog's ability to perform and even cause him permanent damage without realizing it.

Visit Your Veterinarian because they will often be able to advise you on the best exercise method for your dog.

You should always have a Dog First Aid Kit on you just in case you find your dog wounded or injured during training.


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