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Dog agility training guide
Agility training is a great way to help your dog improve their physical and mental health. This guide provides tips on how to start agility training your dog, as well as advice on how to get the most out of the training.
When the dog has the ability to stand up, you can teach it to dance to the beat of the music.
Order the dog to stand, the owner teases with food in hand, the dog wants to eat, needs to step forward, the person will follow the trend of a step back, and give the command "dance", pay attention to the dog can not move too big steps, so as not to jump on you or fall.
If the dog's ability to stand is not very strong, you hold its two front paws with both hands, while giving the "dance" command, while moving steps, so that it follows the move, while saying "good" to encourage it. At the beginning of the practice, the dog can not be too demanding, when it stands unstable command "rest", so that the combination of work and rest, and gradually make it on the "dance" command to form a conditioned reflex.
Dancing often requires the dog to have the action of turning, training can hold food in its head above the rotation, while issuing the command "turn", if it follows a turn, the food in the hands of the reward it. Repeat several times, until no food temptation, the dog can listen to the command to make the action of turning.
Later you can play music, according to the rhythm of the music with the hands shaking up and down, directing the dog to you to move steps, when it is in a good mood, will also jump up, so the atmosphere of the dance is formed.
The stand is to let the dog two rear feet on the ground, the body upright, this one is also the basic play training, and in the dog bath and veterinary examination of its body is also very useful.
Sit the dog in front of you, hold up a treat or toy, gently encourage him to crawl towards you with the command "stand", and give him the prize when he is upright. Or hold a toy in your hand and pretend to throw it over his head, his eyes on the toy in your hand, his body will lean back, you should praise him without missing a chance, while throwing the toy, be careful not to let the dog jump forward. Do not play this game with the dog too often, if it feels like you are cheating on it, it will not be interesting.
If the dog refuses to stand up, go over and gently pull up its collar with your right hand, place your left hand on its lower abdomen to hold it up, and then pet it to reward it. Do this repeatedly, with a few minutes of rest in between.
Further training is to consolidate and improve the dog's ability to stand, first command it to "stand", then hold the leash 2-3 steps away from it, keep giving the command "stand", if it stands still, go over and praise or reward it; if the dog changes its standing position or tries to sit, immediately repeat the command "stand" sternly. Gradually increase the distance between you and the dog, and remove the leash, until you and the dog are at a distance of 5 meters, the dog can accurately maintain a standing position for 3 minutes, the training is successful!
This training is prone to the mistake of greeting the dog from a standing position to receive a reward, which destroys the conditioned reflexes that have been established.
3. Articulate objects
Dogs have the nature of gripping things, but we have to consciously train them to listen to the command to retrieve items, to the master, not halfway chew or throw away the articulated objects.
The initial training is to tease with a piece of cloth or a toy that the dog likes, and give the command "hold", if it can hold, encourage it to say "yes", and use your hand to pull the dog gripping things to yourself, so that it will hold the articulated object to bite more firmly. Make sure the dog grips the piece of cloth, then issue the "go" command, let it follow the master run out a distance, stop and issue the "spit" command, and use the hand to pick up what it is holding, while using the other hand to give the dog a reward. Repeat the training 2 to 3 times, you can switch to the items you need it to hold for training, if the dog refuses to hold the item, use your hand to gently pick open its mouth, and stuff the item into it while holding its chin, let it hold for a while, and then command "spit".
The next step is to train the dog to retrieve the thrown item for you. Sit him down, use a Frisbee to get him excited, let him run out and bring it back, then command "spit" and use food to change what he is holding in his mouth. This training should be as fast as the dog can run out and recall. If he drops or tears the Frisbee halfway through the run, he should not be rewarded; or if he takes the Frisbee and goes off to play on his own, he should be called back and retrained.
When the dog can do well, you can train the dog to purposefully carry some items for the owner, such as shoes or socks. First, give it a sniff of the articulated object, and then put it on a clean and flat ground in the distance, order the dog to articulate back, if it will this item gripped to the master, pat it praise, and then issue the "spit" command, the item next; if it does not give you, do not grab, that is the same as encouraging it to fight with you.
This training should be strict, but not make the dog too nervous so that it is in a relaxed and enjoyable game to get a working ability.