One of my favorite activities is dog agility, it keeps you fit and makes you feel good picking up those trophies at the end of each competition.
Dog agility training is somewhat harder than other training options, but I find it the most fun. A definition of dog agility would be that it is a sport for dogs and their owners. It has gained a massive following in the US, the UK and Australia. In a competition scenario there would be a main event with many different courses. In these courses are included many obstacles. The average number of obstacles per course is 26. In order to win, your dog must complete the course with no faults recorded. Sounds easy to you? Reconsider that thought.
There are certain obstacles included in the course which need much training to master. The two different types of course which exist are agility and jumping. Jumping courses require from the dog and the owner exactly what they say on the tin – the dog to jump over various different objects of differing heights. Agility courses however require dogs to touch contact points on these obstacles. For a dog to be able to do this successfully requires much training on the part of the dog, guided by the owner.
There is one crucial requirement which you must meet in order to compete – you must be a member of your respective countries kennel clun. The members of these clubs meet up once or twice a week and train together, they set up practice courses, or just do certain obstacles their dog needs practicing on.
Dog agility training is not allowed in a club before your dog is one year old. Most agility enthusiasts have some equipment at home so they can start their dog from as young as six weeks, of course the poles from the jumps lay on the ground, and they don’t make their dog do anything dangerous. You are able to purchase training aids and obstacles from many companies.
Before your first show you must put in hours and hours of training to ensure that your dog is in its best possible position to perform well. In order for your dog to compete successfully, he or she must be able to complete the full run of the course.
Forgive me for making dog agility sound like hard grueling work, not the fun it really is. It is all worth it for the end result of performing in front of hundreds of people though!

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