Teach your dog obedience through something fun where your dog gets to let loose can be really productive. Agility done well provides so many benefits:
- an outlet for your dog’s energy
- exercise for both members of the team
- a proactive way to work through critical training goals like coming when called and working around distractions
- teaches your dog to listen and concentrate while excited
- gives you a chance to learn your dog’s natural language
- develops a communication between you and your dog where both are heard and have a voice
- a great way to enrich your life and invest quality time with your best friend
- teaches you so much about training
Agility requires that both you and your dog learn a lot of skills. 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. It is critical that your dog is able to play with you (and want your motivator(s)), work off leash, and learn how to offer behavior. There is a lot to developing comprehension of agility skills…starting with getting your dog to pay attention and being able to get your dog to play with you (ideally anywhere with anything). InJoy is NOT a good fit for you if you don’t like details or building a solid foundation.
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. This is a training class, where you learn how to train invaluable skills like getting your dog to love training and building up your dog’s “work ethic”. Agility training will proceed smoothly and relatively easily once you and the dog have a good training system worked out. Getting good at training takes priority over getting your dog on the equipment. The first session of agility will not introduce your dog to all of the agility equipment. Classes proceed according to the abilities of each group. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions *(see note) for beginning agility.
*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 for some dogs, stressing these delicate structures cannot be allowed. Weave training is especially demanding on the joints in the spine. But there is a lot of other training that dogs outside of the specifics on full height agility equipment.
Questions about the way we train the equipment? Please don’t hesitate to inquire.
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