Dog Agility Training Information

Dog Agility Training has been around since the 1970s, first originating in the United Kingdom.

The sport really became famous in 1978 at a Crufts show; this dog Agility Training demonstration wowed the audience and they wanted to see more.

Never before had they seen dogs so obedient to their handler's commands. The course was composed mostly of jumps at the time. The demonstration was not only to entertain the viewers, but also to showcase the dog's natural Agility and Speed.

It is because of this very show that we now have Agility Obedience Training championships worldwide.

Blasting forward to modern times, there is now a mountain of Canine Agility Training Obstacles to choose from with each obstacle requiring special Agility Obedience Training.

Training for each obstacle can take time and should only be done individually before getting your dog to go through the obstacles in a sequence. Make sure he feels comfortable with the first obstacle you teach him before moving on to the next. The best way to get your dog to learn is with a treat.

Start this process slowly and let him follow you around with the treat before you coax your dog into a low jump. It is recommend for beginners to practice with jumps before moving to any other obstacles. Weave pole are the most difficult to teach.

Another way to start dog agility training is to teach your dog basic navigation skills like left and right. You can easily do this by walking with your dog in a heel and to point in the direction you want to go while saying the command.

Once you have shown both hand and verbal command, take a sharp 90-degree turn in either direction. The dog will first be confused, but with much repetition and treats he will understand the difference between left and right soon enough. Traditionally dogs are suppose to heel on your left side, because of this it recommended that you teach your dog how to go right first.

Once your dog has learned two or more obstacles, arrange two jump about 5 feet apart from each other. Make sure both jumps are facing you and your dog. Start to practice your jumps like you normally do and then alternate by telling your dog to jump to the left or right.

Once he has gotten good, try running and getting him to jump through the left one quickly. Keep practicing until you feel your dog has gotten the speed and accuracy down.

Remember to Visit Your Veterinarian whenever you feel your dog has injured himself. Having a Dog First Aid Kit nearby while you teach Dog Obedience and Agility Training can also be beneficial.

Dogs are prone to getting cuts and sprains if they train too much. Remember to keep steady breaks and if your dog shows abnormal activity to quickly stop and see what might be wrong.

Talk to your vet to see whether your dog is fit for canine agility training and if he is not, ask for an alternative form of Regular Exercise For Your Dog.

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