Agility Training with Your Puppy
Agility Training with your puppy can be lots of fun for everyone. Training doesn’t have to be all; sits, stay, come, and down. Now that the weather is getting so nice outside.
Now don’t get me wrong, the basics are important, and having your puppy focus on you helps when you are trying to get him or her to do some tricks.
You don’t have to buy expense things for a some agility training fun. Some simple PVC pipes, and an inexpensive plastic trashcan is a really great way to start.
You may have no intention of entering your pup into any contests, but this is a great way to get the whole family involved. Your puppy will also get some awesome exercise, physically and mentally.
I have found a few items on Amazon if you should choose to buy, but for those of you that can look at a picture of something and create it; go for it.
When making any homemade equipment, be sure to check that there are no sharp edges, or points that could injury you or your puppy.
This is a great way to get your puppy to jump over the pipe. You can easily make it with PVC pipe, make sure it’s not to high for your dog, and be sure it has a stable bottom to hold it steady. You will be starting with you and your puppy just walking over the pipes. This will help them learn coordination.
Be patience, make sure it’s very low for the first time, almost to the point your puppy can walk over it. As you dog becomes comfortable you can begin to raise it a little at a time. And be ready with the treats and praise.
Now earlier I mentioned an inexpensive trashcan. Cut off the bottom (again be sure there are no sharp edges, smooth it off and cover with duct tape) you can even use two of them taped together. Place some 2 by 4’s on each side so the cans don’t roll as your puppy goes through it.
You be on one side with the puppy and have someone at the other end with a treat for your puppy to run to. Be sure to let your puppy sniff around and become familiar with it. Have patience, these are new experiences to your puppy, and he or she may be a little apprehensive when starting new things.
Now these are just a couple of ideas to get you started with some new training. Take a look at your local doggie park, they may have some agility items there, and your can let your imagination run. Just be sure to keep it age appropriate for your puppy, and the whole family can have fun with this.
I found a great 3 minute video for you to watch so you can see how to get started with the jumping part of agility training.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the beginning of agility training. There is so much to learn, and so many things you can do. I’ll continue on this series so you can step up your game.
You’ll have a happy tired puppy. I always say a tired puppy is a good puppy. This training stimulates them mentally, and physically, which makes for great training. Your puppy will love it, and so will you, and the whole family.
Until Next Time,
Suzanne Dean, ABCDT
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