Why Teach Your Dog Agility? | Part 2
Welcome to the second part of – Why train your dog agility? Check back to last week’s Tuesday blog if you missed the first instalment!
Dog agility is pretty intense when you think about it! We expect our dogs to run full pelt into a tunnel or over a dog walk or ‘A’ frame without a second thought! Well the thing is that this doesn’t just happen overnight. Dog agility is pretty intense when you think about it! The process of agility training involves a huge amount of confidence boosting in order for your dog to be able to do this. When your dog’s confidence is improved they will find other aspects of life more enjoyable. For example they might find everyday things such as a speeding motorbike less scary as they are more confident overall.
Agility dogs have to be able to wait at a start line, focus on their owner and take the jumps that they are meant to! They have to ignore other dogs, people and distractions. Just think about how these skills could translate to the dog park! Maybe your dog would think twice about chasing that bird or cyclist with their new found self control?!
One thing that is an absolute must for agility competitors is the water-tight communication they have with their dogs. When everything is happening at full speed the cues and signals you give to your dog must be exactly right to have the desired outcome. Would you like your dog to respond to your cues first time every time? This requires a huge amount of work, but the rewards from this could be spectacular!
There are so many benefits to agility training – are you tempted to start? 🙂 Check back next week for some ideas to get you going!
About the Author: Molly Bridge helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She originally trained as a teacher, but some of her interests are brand promotion and customer experience. She doesn’t train dogs herself, but is quickly getting used to how the business works! Molly has two Standard Poodles and a Border Collie to keep herself busy with at home!