|by Marc Lindsay
Keeping a dog healthy and happy involves
feeding them well and providing them with mental and physical
stimulation. Some dogs are not happy with just a simple
walk and they would be much happier with more strenuous
Dog agility training has that to offer in
masses and the training and learning of a course will
also help to feed the gray matter. One other advantage
of dog agility training is that every dog loves the attention
and the praise they receive so they will strive to do
well and show off.
Dog agility training is not something you
can undertake at home on your own unless you are very
experienced and have plenty of room in your yard. Before
you even start dog agility training, though, you will
need to socialize your dog.
During the time you are training him in
his new found sport he will meet lots of dogs and lots
of new people and if he is too easily distracted by these
new faces then it will take a long time to teach him anything.
Obedience classes can help teach a dog the social aspects
Once your dog is socialized then you should
start agility classes. At first this will entail teaching
you ad your dog some of the commands you will need later.
Each obstacle will require separate training
and will also be broken down into several parts in order
to make it easier for you both to learn. Don't forget,
you too will have a lot to learn during dog agility training
because regardless of how good your dog is, if you aren't
giving the right commands at the right time then you will
not win any agility competitions and you will not learn
Dog agility training really is physical
and mental for the dog. Virtually all dogs love the opportunity
to burn off steam and use their brains once in a while,
even if sometimes it feels like all they want to do is
sit and watch television.
Dog agility will help to improve their physical
and mental health and it can do so very quickly. The more
mentally physically agile dogs that take to agility much
quicker are the herders and the sheep dogs. This is because
they are naturally intelligent and also agile.
Don't worry, though, if you don't have one
of these dogs because it is usually possible to teach
agility to any dog.
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