Dog Agility Training For Your Puppy

Dog Agility Training For Your Puppy

You may be thnking,​ "When can I start agility training with my new puppy?" you​ can start immediately,​ with certain recommendations. Puppies are always learning,​ so every time you​ are with your pup you​ can be playing and socializing with agility in​ mind. Always remember,​ if​ you​ can control your puppies environment,​ you​ can teach and train the​ behaviors you​ want,​ left on​ their own,​ even in​ a​ fenced yard,​ puppies will learn and develop behaviors that later we may want or​ need to​ extinguish.

Expose your puppy to​ different surfaces. One of​ the​ first behaviors we teach our pups is​ "Box" or​ "Table". This behavior transfers to​ the​ agility pause table. Lure pup up on​ a​ low pause table,​ treat them on​ the​ table. you​ can call the​ pause table anything you​ want. (If I was starting over I would name the​ pause table "Box" instead of​ "Table" for my dogs because on​ the​ agility course there is​ the​ potential to​ have too many "T" words,​ i.e. tunnel,​ tire,​ table,​ and teeter. the​ problem is​ I am also a​ creature of​ habit,​ and under pressure revert back to​ my default words,​ "table" would be one of​ them.)

Teach your pup to​ "Box",​ meaning to​ get up on​ a​ variety of​ obstacles. in​ our training field we use "Box" for upside down kennel tops,​ the​ bottom of​ barrels turned upside down,​ bird crates,​ and more. Be creative with your pup,​ get them to​ get up on​ all kinds of​ surfaces,​ exposing them to​ different shapes,​ sizes,​ and textures. Once your pup is​ comfortable getting up on​ a​ "Box",​ then you​ can begin to​ ask them to​ sit on​ the​ box also.

You can also begin to​ use Buja boards for motion training. Buja boards are generally made from plywood,​ 36" x 36" with a​ painted surface or​ covered surface. on​ the​ underside,​ there is​ a​ 2x4 box where a​ partially deflated ball is​ placed. This enables the​ Buja board to​ rock gently. at​ first you​ can reward your pup for getting one paw on​ the​ board,​ then reward for two feet and eventually all four. Depending on​ your pups temperament will determine how fast they get comfortable on​ the​ Buja Board.

Perch training can also be started with young pups. the​ Perch is​ generally a​ 1'x1' wood surface that is​ raised by 2"x4"'s underneath. So the​ Perch is​ about four inches in​ height. the​ Perch helps teach pups rearend awareness. Again,​ you​ can reward your pup for getting one front paw on​ the​ perch and then the​ other. Perch training is​ mostly used with just the​ front paws on​ the​ Perch.

These are just a​ few behaviors you​ can teach your young pup. Exposure to​ a​ variety of​ surfaces and heights will help your pup build confidence in​ his future agility training.

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