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Agility and fun with your dog.

Dog agility training: the next big challenge.

Dog agility training: the next big challenge. You’ve got your dog trained to sit, roll over and behave beautifully when visitors come to stay. . Now for the real challenge.: dog agility training. Dog agility is a fast and fabulously competitive sport that requires your dog to navigate a course of hoops, ramps, hurdles and other obstacles in as little time as possible. It’s highly sociable for both dogs and their owners, and it’s thoroughly addictive.

So what makes a great trainee dog?

There are two main traits to look for when it comes to dog agility training: drive and biddability. If your dog has high drive, he’ll be fast, intensely focused on you and won’t get distracted as easily. Biddability is a measure of how teachable and patient your dog is when it comes to learning. With the right stuff, your dog will be running rings around the competition in no time!

If your dog is lively and loves learning…

…then what are you waiting for? Just make sure he’s fit enough to meet the demands of dog agility training. Don’t expect a couch potato to simply start racing around the course – ease him in gently and increase training times gradually.

Another option: train up a new puppy.

If you choose a puppy based on the characteristics and breed of his parents, you’re well ahead of the game. The only drawback is time: although you can conduct some agility training with your pup, he’ll only be a contender once he’s fully matured both physically and mentally.

Option three: choose a mature dog.

The benefit of this option is that any potential problems, diseases or disorders would have revealed themselves already. Of course there’ll be the odd bad habit that needs correcting – but this should be a doddle for an experienced trainer!

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