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 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.
So how about attending a free open day on 16th April 2017 10am-1pm at 79 Hardwick Road, Millendon to try it out and see if agility is for you and your fur friend? The open day is being held by BARK Complete Canine Care who specialise in grooming, agility and training. It's being held at their new training venue in the beautiful Swan Valley. Go along and try your dog over the agility equipment under the expert instruction of Christine. Take a picnic and chairs and enjoy the atmosphere. All are welcome and may be a super way for your children to interact with the family pet. You will need to have one adult handler per dog and maybe take some treats so your dog will be more focused.