Training Your Dog Information
Training Your Dog
for agility takes time and determination.
It is a great way to bond with your dog and get an even further understanding of how these amazing canines work. Not only is Agility Training a great work out for your dog, but as well as for you.
Dog owners or handlers need to be very involved, often times even running along side the dog to give precise direction and orders. Your dog will start to pick up on your body movement, hand signals, and voice commands quite quickly. Handlers and dogs who practice daily are so in-tune with each other that the dog is able follow directions with a seamless ease.
No matter whether you are teaching your dog for competition or just as an alternative exercise routine, after months of training your dog for agility you will notice a healthier and more loyal dog.
Owners who are seriously considering taking up Agility and Speed Training should Visit Your Veterinarian and know some basic Dog First Aid.
All dogs are able to partake in Agility Training For Dogs, but those who have preexisting conditions or are older should be taken extra care of. Getting a recommendation from a vet whether this is the best Regular Exercise For Your Dog is always a good idea.
Dogs should get an overall checkup and the vet should ensure that the heart and lungs are in working order. Joints can also be troublesome if they are not checked up on and training could lead to permanent damage and Dog Hip Dysplasia.
Prior to training your dog for agility, he should have some knowledge of Dog Obedience training; this helps keep things simple when your pet knows how to sit, heel, and stay. The same basic principles apply with Dog Obedience Training.
You should have a nice amount of treats at hand and reward your dog for good behavior. Always keep a positive tone and if you find yourself getting frustrated at your dog, you should stop and focus on something else. Dogs will take a while to learn something new and even more so when you are trying to do an obstacle 100% accurately.
A good rule of thumb for how long you should train is an hour a day with lots of breaks in between, especially if it is the dogs very first time learning a new obstacle. You can also practice twice a day for thirty minutes.
Jumps are the best thing to teach in the early stages of Dog Agility Training Obstacles.
You want to have a command and a quick hand signal to show him he should jump. Typically a hand motion pointing at the jump and saying the command 'jump' is the most common. You want to put the bar at the lowest possible setting and have him either walk over or hop over.
Praise him for going through the jump; keep this up until you no longer have to guide him through. Once he has accomplished the lowest setting, raise the bar a little higher and then repeat.
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