Starting out in agility? Or have you been at it a while and want to grow your skills and knowledge?  Here at Devon Dogs we’d like to share our top tips on creating an agility star and preparing you and your dog for competition.

 

GROW SKILLS FROM THE GROUND

Creating an agility sports star starts with phenomenal groundwork skills, in essence these are dog training skills. Getting it right from the start and laying down the right foundations of learning is crucial. We have lots of great training events to help you. Check out our Events page on our website, email us at [email protected], or call us on 07717 696623 for help with selecting the right training for you.

MAKE YOUR DOG BELIEVE THEY ARE A CHAMPION

To grow the ultimate agility super star your need to make your dog feel like a rock star. Big them up, make them feel great, don’t knock their imperfections. Don’t knock them when they tried, and they didn’t get it quite right. Make them feel like a hero, a true winner!

DON’T BE IN A RUSH

Dogs can start competing in agility at 18 months. That’s a young age and this can put a ton of pressure on your dog and you if this age becomes somewhat of a marker. Don’t rush! Start competing when you and your dog are ready. Absolutely have training goals, without goals you won’t get anywhere! What we are saying is work out what works for you and your dog and go from there.

 

TRAIN THE DOG IN FRONT OF YOU

Every dog is different, what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. The is more than one way to train an agility skill, so don’t get stuck thinking things must be done a certain way. You know your dog best and what works for them.

 

DON’T PUT THE PRESSURE ON

Oh golly! It can be so very easy to pile on the pressure when it comes to training and competing in agility. It can be easy to look around and worry that your dog isn’t at the same level as a classmate or litter mate. Let that go! It is your own unique journey with your dog. Savour every special moment. Enjoy the ride! Enjoy your dog and always remember the point is to have fun!

 

DON’T OVER TRAIN

Agility is tough on your dog’s body. Think of it like mileage on a car, the more miles, the more likely it is the car will breakdown. This goes for your budding agility star as well.

 

WHY SO SERIOUS?!?!

Agility is a competitive sport and it can be quite easy to fall into the trap of taking things just that little bit too seriously! You’ll have plenty of runs that will be unlucky and almost-nearly — it’s the way the sport is!  A lot has to go right to get a clean run which is why it’s important to always take away something positive from each run no matter what happens.

 

CRUFTS

cruftsAre you heading to Crufts? If you are be sure to head into the main arena to watch the world class agility. Our very own Lauren Langman will be competing, so join us in wishing her lots of luck! It’ll be truly inspiring!

We are happy to assist you and help you with all your training needs. Visit our website www.devondogs.co.uk, email us at [email protected], or call us directly on (07717) 696623.

Have you just brought home a bundle of puppy joy? Or are you keen to give agility or obedience a go? Or do you have a dog training challenge that you want to crack? Here at Devon Dogs we cover all aspects of dog training. Our puppy and new dog life skills classes offer a holistic approach to getting the basics right, after all getting it right from the start is key. If you wanted to push forward with your training and give agility or obedience a go we welcome everyone no matter your experience level. With our help you will extend your knowledge and passion and strengthen your relationship with your dog. Whether you want to train with us for fun and fitness or find you would like to take your new skills to competition level, our Devon Dogs trainers are able to cater for all levels and aspirations.