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Agility training for dogs

 Agility training is one of the most popular dog sports today. It's a great way to keep your dog active and mentally stimulated, while also teaching them some basic obedience skills. But how do you go about starting agility training? In this article, we will explore the basics of agility training for dogs, and outline a step-by-step plan for starting your own agility training program.

1. Going up and downstairs

People who live in buildings take their dogs out for walks every day to go up and down the stairs, which is a good opportunity for dogs to exercise, but for small dogs is really a bit of a struggle.

Training puppies on the stairs, you can put dog food on each step of the stairs to lure it up, and constantly give the command "up", and then pet it up and praise "good"; can also be used to pull the puppy up with a leash, in the process of going up the stairs. In the process of going up the stairs, constantly issue the "up" and "good" commands, but pay attention to avoid the stairs that can hit the body of the puppy, so that it produces painful memories, and later on fear of stairs.

Agility training for dogs

For puppies who are determined not to go up the stairs, a long wooden board can be placed on the stairs to form a slope conducive to its climbing, and then command "up", when it walks up the stairs to the platform, give food or petting rewards. Gradually remove the board and encourage the dog to climb the stairs one level after another.

Then, you can stand at the bottom of the stairs and give the command "down", if the puppy wanders above, you can raise your voice to give the command "come" and pretend to go, it is anxious to come down, then you have to praise or reward the puppy.

2. Jumping over obstacles

If you want to train your dog to jump over a wall or fence, the obstacle used for training should be low to high, and the height of the obstacle is usually 30 to 100 cm depending on the size of the dog.

Choose a site without debris or sharp objects, the obstacles will be smoothly placed on the ground, the owner leads the dog to run together, close to the obstacle when the "jump" command, and up to lift the leash, guide the dog to jump together, and then strokes praise the dog; if the dog refuses to jump, to find the reason, lower the height. For the dog that loves to grip things, use its favorite objects to tease, and throw the object to the other side of the obstacle in front of it, it will definitely rush over the obstacle to take the object. The moment the dog jumps, give the command "jump" and say "yes" to praise it when it flips over and picks up the object.

As the dog's jumping ability strengthens, the height of the obstacle should also gradually increase, the owner can not jump over, let the dog alone finish over, but the owner has to rush with the dog to the obstacle, give the "jump" command, let the dog jump over. Or the owner stretches the traction belt, standing on the other side of the obstacle calls the dog "over", while pulling the rope, and never letting it go around the obstacle. When the dog successfully jumped over the obstacle, immediately give praise and reward.

In the future training, the owner will not have to run with the dog to the obstacle, just use hand signals or commands to command it to complete the action over the obstacle.

3. Jumping circle

This training is based on the dog's ability to jump over obstacles.

dog training for Jumping circle

The circle diameter is generally about 1 meter, you can use a car tire to do, first put the circle vertically on the ground, the trainer hand holding the dog's favorite ball, teasing it through the circle; then the circle is raised to a height of half a meter, the same ball to lead it to jump over; finally, the circle is fixed to the height of the appropriate shelf, the dog is ordered to sit in front of the circle 10 meters, the trainer issued a "forward " command, and run with it to the circle. When the dog approaches the shelf, give the command "jump".

When the dog refuses to jump over the situation, you can use the leash to guide, first order the dog to sit in front of the circle, and then train the person to go around the back of the circle, the end of the leash through the circle in your hand, call the dog "come here" while pulling the leash, when the dog drilled through the circle, timely petting reward.

In addition, the dog can be trained to jump obstacles with the fence in front of the circle, let it jump the fence while drilling through the circle, practice a few times to remove the fence, and let the dog alone complete the jumping circle action.

Note that the size and height of the circle should be set according to the size of the dog, too high or too small may affect the training effect.

4. Long jump

The same as jumping obstacles, at first, the distance of the long jump should be specified within half a meter, the trainer holds a ball that can arouse the dog's interest in one hand, the other hand pulling the leash, giving the command "jump", cross the equipment with the dog, and then give it petting or food rewards.

dog training for Long jump

As the dog's jumping ability increases, the distance of the equipment should be increased to about 1 meter, and the trainer, while running with the dog to the equipment, gives the command "jump" and then throws the ball forward, then the dog will chase the ball, and its body will unknowingly jump over the equipment.

5. Around the pile

This is the training when the dog is excited, after this training can improve its balance and agility. In addition to the use of artificial equipment, you can also choose a few neatly arranged small trees in a small forest for training.

On the flat ground every half meter to set up a stake, generally 6 rows. At the beginning of the training, the trainer should use the leash to control the dog, and physically, accompany it around the stake, you can also use the ball and other toys to provoke the dog's excitement. First, give him a sniff of the training ball, then run to the stake with the dog on the lead and use the ball to guide him around each stake. Finally, throw the ball and the dog will help you chase it back.

When the dog is able to complete each action alone, it should be given warm pats and rewards to increase its courage and confidence to complete the training next time.

This training is very physically demanding, so try not to train continuously, and choose cooler times in the morning and evening during the summer.

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