Paws For Agility

Dog Sports Information

Author: FidosDay
February 28, 2012

Clickers are commonly used in conjunction with dog agility training. The clickers are small plastic devices that when pressed on emit a clicking noise. When used properly, the sound can be associated with certain canine behaviors.

For instance, if you want your dog to perform a certain action during dog agility training, give the command and have your dog perform the action. If your dog completes the agility component correctly, press the clicker and give your dog a treat. Repeat the process until your dog has a firm command of the course. Gradually take away clicks and treats until your dog no longer needs the incentives.

Creating a Training Ground

Author: FidosDay
February 14, 2012

Before we got into training our dogs on agility equipment, we first had to create a suitable space. Through research, we learned that large enclosed spaces are ideal as the dogs need to be off leash. Fortunately we have a large backyard, so it was just a matter of erecting a fence and clearing out old tree stumps, both of which are projects that needed to be done anyway.

Once we had our backyard cleared and fenced in we began looking for appropriate canine agility equipment. We selected weave poles, jumps, a tunnel, an A-frame, and a teeter. Rather than buying them separately, we found a reputable dealer who sold them to us in a kit. Our dogs have really taken to the training and we find that they are better behaved over all.

Dog Obedience School

Author: FidosDay
January 31, 2012

When our dog was younger he was incredibly fearful of other neighborhood dogs. To help him learn better socialization skills and manners, we enrolled him in dog obedience school. There the instructor calmly taught him, and us, how to interact with other dogs.

Good behavior was rewarded with praise and petting. Bad behavior was corrected immediately. The trainer was really great and taught us some canine obedience exercises to use at home. Within a few weeks our dog was much less fearful of other dogs and more obedient on the whole.

Practicing for Competition

Author: FidosDay
January 17, 2012

My sheltie is a ball of endless energy. She loves to zoom around the backyard, accompany me on hikes, and especially loves swimming in the nearby pond. I decided a few months ago to channel her energy into agility training.

We started by running up and down ramps, which she found easy enough. Tunnels, too, she mastered fairly quickly. Learning to run through agility weave poles was a bit more of a challenge, but I think she enjoyed doing a new activity. I’m hoping in a couple of months she’ll be ready for competition.

Weave Pole Fault

Author: FidosDay
December 29, 2011

When a person things about dog agility competitions, they likely have an image in their head of weave poles. After all, for a dog to bob back and forth between the poles at breakneck speed takes a tremendous amount of skill. Handlers put forth a significant effort when training for the weave pole event.

A weave pole fault can be incurred in several ways. A fault can be applied if the dog enters the weave poles incorrectly (the first pole must be to the dog’s left). Skipped poles and back weaving can also result in a fault.

Agility Competition Faults

Author: FidosDay
December 15, 2011

Different organizations have varying rules surrounding what constitutes a fault and how much value is placed on a fault. Some standard faults include time fault, missed contact, and knocked or dropped bar. Time fault simply means that the competitor has gone over the Standard Course Time allotted by the judges.

Missed contact occurs when a dog fails to place a paw in the contact zone when completing an obstacle. Likewise, leaping far above a descending contact zone is sometimes counted as a flyoff. Knocked or dropped bar is self-explanatory. To avoid these faults, there are several unique dog products that can be used during training sessions.

December 6, 2011

After the holidays are over we’ll all be lamenting our still-expanding waistlines. We’ll probably even notice a few extra pounds on our pooches, too. If this is the case for you then there’s no better way to start the New Year than with some healthy exercise for the both of you. When walking doesn’t do the trick, or you just can’t get that excited about it then look into the exciting world of agility training.

The demands of dog agility training are enough to whip both you and your four legged friend into shape after a long holiday of turkey, pie and egg nog. Not only can it help you get in shape, it can improve your overall quality of life. Even the slightest physical activity will help you sleep better and improve your moods. And it even has the same effect on your dog. Another benefit many people may not consider is that it helps develop a strong dog obedience training relationship with your animal. This means you’ll have an easier time with daily tasks. It can even become easier to manage undesirable habits.

November 22, 2011

When they are just puppies, dogs almost always receive tons of attention from their owners. Chalk it up to cuteness combined with the thrill of the new. In an ideal world, we would maintain that close connection with our dogs well into adulthood. Unfortunately, our work and social lives often get in the way. When the dog becomes an afterthought, he becomes less obedient and more likely to act out.

If you’re looking to reconnect with your dog and teach him valuable skills at the same time, consider pursuing dog agility training. You’ll need to practice and refine your communication skills with the dog before signing up for competitions. Events range from the rather simple – running through tunnels – to the incredibly difficult – teeter and pole weave.

Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

Author: FidosDay
September 21, 2011

When it comes to teaching your dog new tricks-whether its how to shake hands or simply dog potty training (which certainly qualifies as a trick for some dogs), patience is the most essential part. Some dogs will pick up on new tricks very fast, and for others, it will take time. To be successful you need to be patient and also be consistent. Dogs will begin to understand tricks through repetition of the activity and a reward when they do it correctly. As the old adage states: “carrots are better than sticks”, so be sure to reward your dog for good behavior but don’t punish them for doing it wrong, just withhold the reward.

Given enough patience on the part of an owner, a dog can learn most any trick; it just takes time. If you do need some help, there are lots of guides and websites online that offer helpful tips about dog training products and dog tricks.

Exercising with Your Dogs

Author: FidosDay
September 1, 2011

Some daily activity and exercise is essential, allowing freedom to move about in a natural manner. Lack of exercise leads to poor muscle tone, obesity, heart ailments, bone disorders and often results in emotional problems and dog behavior quirks. Labradoodles with no exercise subjected to overcrowding and confinement in cages for prolonged periods, often their entire lives, develop a great variety of physical and emotional disorders.

An exercised dog may rest more calmly at home and be less nervous when left alone. Exercise can improve dogs bone and joint health, heart, and lung function. Exercise makes show dogs look better and feel better to a judge’s exploring hands. (Because, a happy dog looks more gorgeous).

You do not need to take up marathon running in order to adequately exercise your dog. Make your walks interesting. Let your dog carry a box, a basket, or a toy while walking. Dog agility jumps or balance over a tree, hide their toys, hide yourself, and most important – let them play with other dogs!