Most dogs love to romp and play - and they love to spend time with their favorite person, you. Agility training combines the best of both worlds. Your dog gets the exercise he craves and the two of you have the opportunity to deepen your bond as you spend time practicing. Most of all, you'll both have lots of fun.
Many dogs were originally bred to work - herding sheep, rooting out rodents, hunting fowl. Without a "job," certain breeds can become bored or develop behavioral issues. When agility training becomes your pet's "job", he'll look forward to it. He may even stare wistfully at his training equipment on the days you don't use it.
As your dog learns to leap through rings, run through tunnels and weave between poles, you'll notice that his confidence will climb and his eagerness to learn more will continue to grow.
Top Ten Signs that Your Dog Loves Agility Training
Dog agility training is a fun way to exercise both you and your dog. Most dogs love dog agility training, but how can you tell if your dog loves dog agility training? Here are ten tips that your dog might love dog agility training.
•Your dog perks up when he hears you talking about dog agility training with friends and family. He may even walk over to you expectantly and wait to see if you will take him out.
•He gets excited when you purchase a new obstacle. He recognizes that he has gotten a new toy and is eager to get outside and try it.
•When you put on your sneakers, your dog waits by the door. He knows you wear those shoes during agility training, and expects to go out. He sees your shoes as a sign that he will go out and train.
•When you take your dog outside for a bathroom break, he heads over to the dog agility course. In fact, your dog may even temporarily forget the fact that he has to go to the bathroom. This shows that your dog is dedicated to his agility training.
•Your dog stands by the door every day after you come home. He evens stands by the door after you have taken him outside to go to the bathroom. This is a sign that your dog is ready to go out and begin his daily training.
•Your dog's tail is wagging throughout every agility training session. This is a sign that your dog is happy and enjoys what he is doing.
•Your dog does not fuss when you put on the agility training leash. Very often, dogs will put up a fuss when their owners put on their leash. Dogs that love agility training are often happy to put on their leash because they know it will lead to training.
•Your dog whines when agility training is over. He may even be difficult to bring back in the house because he does not want to leave.
•Your dog barks every time you pass the agility training course, even when it is on a trip to the veterinarian.
•After a few days without agility training, your dog is lethargic or moody. It could be that the weather would not permit outdoor activity. Your dog is missing the activity and attention, and reacts poorly as a result.