Start with primary instructions after which introduce numerous obstacles one by one.
Agility canines are good at operating up A-frames and thru tunnels, scaling tire jumps and racing by weave poles. And they do all this whereas specializing in their people, who present them with verbal and bodily cues.
If you could have ever questioned how agility canines be taught to barter a course at prime velocity whereas taking path from a handler, the reply is straightforward: just a little at a time. Teaching canines to do agility begins with them studying primary behaviors that may be reworked into operating a course.
Agility canines work off leash and at their handler’s path, so figuring out primary obedience instructions is a should. Obedience additionally establishes your relationship together with your canine, and teaches him to observe your instructions.
Whether you train your canine your self or enroll her in an obedience class, your canine ought to have these instructions mastered earlier than she heads off into an agility profession:
- Sit: The sit command is vital in agility as a result of your canine should sit when he involves the pause desk. The pause desk requires your canine to go from full-speed forward to an entire cease. He should sit for five seconds till you give him the cue to proceed on the course.
- Down: The down command can be used on the pause desk. The decide at an agility trial has the discretion of requesting the sit or the down. If the decide requires the down, your canine might want to keep on this place for five seconds.
- Stay: Your canine not solely wants to remain put on the pause desk, he additionally has to face nonetheless on the beginning line till you launch him to take the course.
- Come: Your canine has to reliably come when referred to as with the intention to achieve success at agility. After he’s completed with the course, he wants to come back to you once you name him so you may leash him up.
An obedience class is the most effective place to your canine to be taught these instructions so he can be taught to give attention to you whereas different canines are round.
It’s additionally vital to reveal your canine to the sorts of obstacles he will likely be dealing with in agility class. Dogs in agility are anticipated to go over tire jumps and bar jumps, by tunnels, and throughout A-frames and dogwalks. Invest in a few of this tools so your canine can get used to being round and on it, or discover a canine park that has agility tools arrange that he can play on.
It’s greatest to begin exposing your canine to this sort of tools as a pet. Nylon tunnels made for cats might be nice enjoyable for a pet, and might help him get used to being inside a tunnel nicely earlier than he’s prepared for agility class. Encouraging your pet to stroll on quite a lot of completely different surfaces may even assist him when it comes time to begin studying agility. He is likely to be much less frightened concerning the A-frame and dogwalk if he’s had expertise strolling on planks of wooden and low partitions when he was younger.
Always make your canine’s encounters with agility a constructive expertise. Use treats and reward to encourage him to strategy or enter an agility impediment. Never use drive or correction—you need your canine to have a constructive affiliation with all issues agility.
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