Agility can be a total blast! You may think that it’s about running agility courses when you start. But, there’s a lot to it and training the skills for the game is where it’s at. But that’s cool, because the real fun is in the journey of learning and training. Together, you’ll practice important things like:
- coming when called
- focusing around distractions and concentrating while excited
- learning that you are fun and worth paying attention to!
- understanding your dog’s natural language and improving your communication
- and more!
There are many approaches and a number of starter classes that you can sign up for. In Joy offers a unique program that may or may not be the right fit for you. At In Joy, we address the whole dog. From warm up to cool down, fitness to emotional wellness, and confidence, so that your dog wants to jump on the equipment, wants to listen to you, wants to learn and play. That means we aren’t merely interested in getting your dog on the equipment. So, you may not see all of the equipment for some time (each dog will dictate when they are ready for the next progression). If you’re intent on coercing your dog on and over the equipment, ordering your dog around a course and want to get to competition at all costs, In Joy won’t be the right fit for you. We only want to work with those who want to see their dog glowing with enthusiasm for the games we play.
In Joy likes to run very small group classes where you get lots of personal attention. Students often work 1 at a time. This means you will not spend an hour running around with your dog (if you want to learn agility-type games that provide good exercise, you’re in luck! That’s what our K9 P.E. Level 1 class includes). Our 2 prerequisite classes, “Where to Start” and K9 P.E. 1, are in place because agility training proceeds smoothly and relatively easily once you and the dog have a good training system worked out. Classes proceed according to the abilities of each group.
Questions about the way we train the equipment? Please don’t hesitate to inquire.
*Note: young dogs must not perform excessive repetitions or heavy impact. Until your dog’s growth plates completely close (which can take as long as 18-24 months (more for giants) for some dogs), stressing these delicate structures cannot be allowed. Weave training is especially demanding on the joints of the spine. However, there is a lot of other training outside of the specifics on full height agility equipment to attend to, all of which can be a terrific way to get some excellent puppy training!
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