Dog Agility Training can begin at any age; however, care must be taken when training dogs under a year old so their developing joints aren't harmed.
For puppies, start with lowered agility equipment and training products, such as wobbling boards to train careful footing. Puppies that learn quick must be finished growing before training on equipment at standard height to prevent injury.
In dog agility, the dog and handler complete an obstacle course as accurately as possible and in as short a time as they can. It’s highly athletic and the event requires training, teamwork, and concentration. Great bonding and super fun for your dog! They absolutely love it while you get a workout!
Agility dogs need extra hind end musculature to leap great heights, strong abs to weave through cones, and strong sense of balance, body awareness and muscle memory to hit every contact and clear the jumps.
Does your dog need a little more power on the agility course to clear those bars and land those contacts?
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Agility equipment typically can have between 14-20 obstacles, including tunnels, weave poles, jumps, seesaws, and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time.
At each Agility event you and your dog will race around the course designed for that day. While racing through your dog is reading your cues and body language as you guide them through the course. So practice at home is important to get your communication down. We offer indoor/outdoor Agility kits you can travel with! Exercise cards and CanineGym® Membership Details also Included.
I would also suggest maybe taking an Agility class if you are looking to compete with your dog. That would introduce the basics and get your dog used to the obstacles. If you are interested and once you are ready to compete, you will find that there are three types of Agility trials or "competitions":
- All-breed agility trials for more than 150 breeds and varieties of dogs recognized by the AKC. This is the most common type of trial offered.
- Specialty trials for dogs of a specific breed or varieties of one breed.
- Group trials for dogs of a specific breed group such as herding, working, and so on.
*Info pulled from AKC.com
You don't have to compete professionally, you can always just do agility for fun! Adding dog agility equipment to dog parks is becoming more popular and gives everyone an opportunity to try it out with their dogs!
We also offer recycled Dog Agility equipment!
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