Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion? Look no further than dog agility training!
Not only is it a great form of exercise for both you and your pup, but it also provides an opportunity for teamwork and communication that can deepen your relationship.
Today, we’ll explore why dog agility training is the perfect way to take your relationship with your pet to the next level.
There are many benefits to agility training for dogs and their owners. For dogs, it is a great way to get exercise, build confidence, and learn new skills. For owners, it is a fun way to bond with their dog and meet other dog owners – while also getting some exercise themselves.
Build Your Bond with Your Dog
One of the best things about agility training is that it is a great way for owners and dogs to spend time together and bond. Working together towards a common goal can strengthen the bond between owner and dog. For example, if you struggle with your dog not listening to you, and you start practicing agility, after a few months, you will find that your dog starts paying a lot more attention to you than they used to!
Continued Obedience Training
A big part of agility is continued obedience – working on stays, recalls, and understanding body language so you can communicate with your dog better. Also, having your dog be able to listen to your body language and your voice builds their confidence and life skills as well. There are a whole lot of life skills that we don’t even consider for our dog – like the ability to get on something and get off something safely and on command.
Physical and Mental Exercise for You and Your Dog
Agility training can help to improve a dog’s overall health and fitness. It is a low-impact form of exercise that can be tailored to each individual dog’s needs.
Although you’re only doing a few obstacles at a time, you really work your body, and especially your mental faculties to be able to present the obstacles properly to your dog. Your dogs get a lot of mental exercise – as well as physical – most of the time after a session or class, they will be exhausted.
Increase Your Dog’s Confidence
Agility training can also help to build a dog’s confidence and reduce stress levels. It helps you to communicate more effectively with your dog. Dogs don’t speak English, they speak association. So, agility is one way to increase your ability to communicate easily and readily with your dog, which will make both your and their daily lives so much better as well!
Meet New Friends
Agility training is also a great way to meet other dog owners and make new friends!
For more information about the Sport of Dog Agility tune in to our recent podcast with Corey and a special guest from Uxbridge Canine Academy, Julia Luxemberger – what agility it is, how it began, and more about what the benefits are for you and your dog. Check it out here >> Episode 022: All About Dog Agility with Special Guest Julia Luxemburger
To get started with agility we encourage you to attend a class. Classes are offered at various levels so that you can choose on which fits the best for your dog’s temperament and skill level. At Muttz with Mannerz™ we offer fun beginner and more advanced agility classes – indoor and out. For more information contact us or visit our website.
Get out there – all in all, dog agility training is a fun way to get out and about with your four-legged friend!