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Things I’ve Learned about Agility Dog Training

The first basic of agility dog training is the same as with any dog training. It doesn’t matter if it is the obedience of only socializing the family pet. As a team, you will need to spend time together. The more opportunities for interaction and practice you have, the faster and more certainly your dog will perform.

I’ve recognized many dogs, throughout my life, but have never known exactly how to train them correctly. I based my training on sentence and just couldn’t figure out why that didn’t work that whole. But, several years ago, I started training my Golden Retriever for agility competition. She was a remarkably high drive, and I knew outbuilding love it. So, I found a good agility practice school and off we went. We’ve been fighting, very strongly, for some years now and, looking back; I learned so many important things about dog coaching! You may know details about my experiences and guide’s from my website Dog Collar Zone.

First of all, most managers require that dogs have finished at least a basic obedience class before continuing to agility training. This is relevant to agility training and, in my estimation, every dog and handler could benefit from a basic obedience class. I discovered that I have a food-motivated dog and that she will work her heart out for extremely prized treats, not for suffering! Yonder is worked you, and your dog will learn, into an obedience class, such as remember, sit/stays, down/stays, and leading nicely on a leash. Each of these skills is something you will need every time you compete, not to consider day-to-day life with your dog.

The pace of dispatch foundation will always be set by your dog. Each dog learns at a different speed and, what comes easily for one dog, may not come quickly for another. So, be very patient while equipping your dog any skill. Make it a game. Let your dog take as much time as it needs, without getting impatient or frustrated.

All tasks must be cut down into small pieces, whether the task is a simple sit, the origins of barrier training, or more difficult tricks or agility courses. You will have success without stressing the dog out. For precedent, when training an agility tunnel, you scrunch it up to its smallest form. Have someone place your dog at the gate while you sit on the spot at the exit, with a surprise, and call your dog. As presently as the dog becomes through that little piece of a tunnel, you mark/reward. Slowly begin opening the tube using the same technique.

For agility exercise, once the dog starts obstacle training, there is never a wrong answer. Dogs get doubtful and may shut down, if they start being told they’re doing the wrong thing, so keep the exercise light and never scold for doing the incorrect thing. If the dog doesn’t do what you want it to, you simply do not mark/reward for that action. You just ask again and, the second you get the true response, mark/reward and make a huge deal of it. That will make your dog more enthusiastic to give you that same answer again. As you start competing, you might want to use a particular word to indicate the wrong response, such as “uh-oh,” or “oops,” but not with a scolding tone. This will show that the dog will be asked to try again, but everything is fine within the two of you.

Lastly, always keep the instruction fun for both you and your dog. Even when you start racing, or have been struggling for a long time, this is critical. If you start becoming caught up in the competition and title-winning, you might forget why you started agility, to begin with: because of its fun! When the game stops being fun, your dog won’t enjoy it anymore and neither will you. Activity is a social sport and will forever secure the connection within you and your dog. Run fast, run honest, and, above all, have fun!

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