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Published June 7th 2018
Let your dog hop, skip and jump
There is a brand new all singing all dancing enclosed dog park located in Annie's Landing, Ellenbrook. I use the phrase 'all singing all dancing' as it has lots of additional agility equipment that I have not seen in one place before.
It is so new that they still need to paint the concrete tunnels and there are some more ramps to be installed, but it has already been well received by locals.
There is only one area for all dogs, there are a few benches scattered around the reasonably sized area (it's bigger than the small dog park at Aveley) with a few trees at the top end of the park which will create some shade in the warmer months.
The entrance is via a magna latch gate into a holding bay and then another magna latch gate into the park. There is fresh drinking water available, only a bin outside the gates and currently no poo bags (I am sure bags will be available in the coming weeks), so in the meantime ensure you take some with you.
Agility is very rewarding for both the dog and the owner and can be taken to a high level in competition. However, if you would like your dog to do this just for fun and if have no idea where to start, being on a lead is essential so you have control and a focused dog.
Agility will challenge your dog's mind and body. Running the course will involve him passing over and through a variety of obstacles which will help strengthen his muscles, improve coordination, keep him fit and increase endurance. You, as the handler, will be running (walking to begin with) alongside your dog and assisting him with soaring over jumps, weaving the poles and tunnels etc. You will both achieve such satisfaction when he can 'do the tunnel' on his own, it will spur you both on to do the next piece of equipment. Then putting two obstacles together and learning with the next piece, and the next piece, will keep them eager to keep learning.
In the wild, dogs are natural hunters and will chase and run after a variety of prey. During the hunt they will have to navigate a variety of obstacles; they will jump over fallen trees, climb steep slopes, weave through bushes and undergrowth etc. Agility courses are designed to mimic these types of natural scenarios so most dogs will be good at it as it's programmed into them from their wild ancestors.
Whatever your dog's age or ability, lessons will be beneficial, so you and your dog can take full advantage of the wonderful agility course at the brand new Annie's Landing enclosed dog park.