Agility training is all about building a bond between a dog and owner, based on a common language. This type of training teaches you to use your body language to establish a line of communication between you and your dog. Additionally, agility training provides the perfect balance of physical exercise and mental stimulation to keep your dog entertained and healthy while challenging his or her mind. And, while it can be a lot of fun, agility training can also help to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
What is Agility Training?
Technically, it’s a timed obstacle course for a team made up of a handler and a dog. The handler is tasked with directing the dog through a predetermined pattern of obstacles. Typically, the course has 12-18 obstacles and can include tunnels, jumps, tire jumps, weave poles, and a ramp. These obstacles are collectively known as the “contacts.” In a trial (competition or show), the dog runs the course off-leash and the handler can’t touch the dog. The human half of the team relies on body language and, to a lesser extent, verbal cues, to tell the canine half where to go.
Our Agility Training Program builds on the foundation laid in our Managed Obedience Training Program. Agility gives you something fun to do with your dog, strengthening the bond between you and your dog and reminding him of just how fun you are.
Compare this to a common alternative activity for dogs: the dog park. At the dog park, you let them off leash and they go off to do their own thing. Returning to you is no fun because it means playtime is over. With Agility Training, you and the dog create the fun together!