Agility for Beginners


 

Agility training is a great thing for you to do with your dog – health, fitness, bonding and fun!

 

 

Agility training isn’t just for owners that wish to compete with their pets, it also has fantastic benefits for all dogs.  Keeping your dog fit is important to their health, and agility training is a great way to do this whilst simultaneously improving your dog’s behaviour and overall wellbeing.

 

Behaviour benefits...

Many dog owners know daily exercise is good for dogs, but agility training combines exercising with a task and the challenge of learning new skills, which stimulates the dog's brain.

 

Dogs were bred to work alongside humans, and they thrive on having a job to complete. Bored dogs tend to have more behavioral issues than dogs who are challenged with new problems to solve.

 

Fun and exercise for both of you!

Dog agility training is a really fun and creative way to improve your own fitness as well as your dogs and to add weekly exercise into your routine.  

 

For most beginners, agility training requires attending a weekly class and reinforcing the learning for 10 - 30 minutes a day but watch out, Agility can be VERY  addictive!

 

The bond you have with your dog

 

In agility training, the dog and its handler work together to complete the course.  Both have important roles to play: the handler must give clear commands, and the dog has to follow them.  The connections between agility handlers and their dogs are often much stronger than those between pet dog owners and their dogs. The time spent working on commands and moving through obstacles together helps bridge the communication gap between you and your dog and will make the two of you into a really great team.

 

Agility is a fantastic dog sport that brings enormous fun and health benefits for dog and humans alike.  Here's how to get your dog involved with agility training  with us!

 

To start Agility Training your dog needs to be:

  • Fit & healthy (and not overweight) – agility is a strenuous activity
  • At least 1 year old, older if a large breed (young joints take time to mature)
  • Be friendly and comfortable in a group of people and other dogs

 

Your dog does need to have a good level of basic obedience to start agility, here is a rough guide to the requirements:

 

  • Be able to hold a sit-stay for 30 seconds in a group class setting
  • Lie down on command
  • Come when called around other dogs and people
  • Accept restraint by the collar
  • Heel / walk close on a loose lead when asked (some of the agility equipment is introduced with the dog on a lead for safety and training reasons)
  • Heel / walk close off lead one length of the arena with a sit at the end. 

 

 

If you think your basic obedience might need a brush up then do consider our Adolescent Essentials or Beginner Obedience courses before you start agility.

 

Our beginner agility sessions provide an introduction to appropriate agility equipment suitable for the age of your dog plus motivation and basic handling techniques.

Your dog can start learning from seven months of age (no repetitive jumping or weaves until your dog is over 1 year old).  


Maximum of five dogs in a group.

 

Please contact us if you'd like to start Agility using the form below, many thanks!


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Note: Agility training is a strenuous activity for your dog and it can overly strain or injure your dog if you do not properly understand the requirments of each obstacle and how to train safely and appropriately for your dogs age and stage of learning.

 

A professional trainer will provide safe stepwise training to ensure you both understand how to complete the obstacle challenges properly ensuring your dogs safety at all times and so we would always recommend you attend classes if you'd like to try this wonderful dog sport with your furry best friend.

 

Please note that due to the development of dog’s bones and growth plates, you should not attempt to teach full weaves, repetitive jumping or use raised ramps if your dog is under 1 year old (18 months for a large breed), this is VERY important.