Looking After Your Dog Part Seven Dog Agility Training

Looking After Your Dog Part Seven Dog Agility Training



Dog agility is​ a​ sport in​ which a​ dog runs on​ a​ course,​ laid with intermittent obstacles,​ under the​ supervision of​ its owner or​ trainer. the​ sport made its debut as​ an​ entertainment event for spectators at​ the​ Crufts Dog Show in​ 1979,​ and has not looked back since then. Dog agility sport now enjoys immense popularity in​ England,​ Western Europe and North America. Dog agility is​ very much modelled on​ the​ show jumping sport of​ horses (equestrian),​ with a​ few additions of​ its own.

There are a​ lot many different variations of​ the​ sport. International rules and specifications have been laid out for the​ sport,​ and they require a​ supreme level of​ agility from the​ competing dogs. Trials,​ which are conducted by dog training clubs,​ are sanctioned by several national and international organizations. the​ required level of​ competence relates directly to​ the​ height of​ jumps and the​ size of​ obstacles in​ a​ dog agility course. Apart from the​ dog agility events held at​ the​ national/international level,​ the​ sport is​ also carried out at​ a​ lower scale in​ small districts and towns. Here,​ the​ rules might not be as​ stringent as​ they are at​ the​ large scale games.

In a​ dog agility competition,​ the​ obstacles are arranged in​ various course configurations as​ deemed suitable by the​ competition judge. the​ dog handler/trainer is​ supposed to​ direct their dog around the​ course in​ a​ progression predetermined by the​ judge. as​ per the​ rules of​ agility,​ the​ trainer may impart any commands but may not touch the​ dog or​ the​ equipment. Dogs are “faulted” for taking down a​ jump bar,​ taking obstacles out of​ sequence,​ running past or​ stopping before the​ next obstacle to​ be performed etc. Moreover,​ the​ course needs to​ be completed in​ a​ set time period,​ or​ the​ trainer may face a​ penalty from the​ judge.

In dog agility sport,​ dogs compete against other dogs of​ similar height. However,​ the​ configuration of​ the​ course may vary from one organization to​ another. Regardless of​ the​ course layout,​ the​ dog with the​ least number of​ faults and the​ fastest completion time wins the​ competition.

Dog agility training may start at​ an​ early stage of​ a​ dog’s life. This would help inculcate a​ sense of​ timing and discipline from the​ very start. Pamper your dog with praises,​ toys and treats so as​ to​ motivate it​ through the​ advanced levels of​ training. With proper training,​ your dog could very well win one of​ those popular dog agility competitions.




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