Dog Training-What is the purpose of Agility Lessons For Dogs

Dogs are extremely agile and active creatures. It might sound a little weird when you first hear about agility training for dogs. You might wonder why dogs would need agility lessons, when they are already agile by nature. Here are some reasons why this kind of training is given to dogs.
You need to understand that the active and alert nature of dogs is part of their instinct. If there is a physical threat or a need to fight back or escape, they use their natural speed and agility to meet the demands of the situation. Or when they are excited and in a playful mood, they can run from one spot to another with great speed. Dogs therefore become agile only when there is a need for it.
But when it comes to dog shows, they need to exhibit those traits on command. They need to perform routines with a great deal of speed and accuracy, even when there is no natural reason to do so. They now need to use their mind and bring their natural instincts into focus and accomplish a task that they are commanded to perform.
For a dog, to run at will is one thing, but to run on cue is very different. Unless it is trained to obey commands, a dog may not display its attributes of agility and alertness when you require it to do so. It is for this reason that agility training is provided for dogs. This type of training is most often given to dogs that take part in dog shows.
Dog shows have a number of rules and regulations. Teaching a dog to obey and conform to those rules takes a lot of skill and effort. Dog schools conduct agility training classes for dogs and their owners who wish to take part in dog shows and competitions.
Normally, only dogs that are more than 18 months old are eligible for enrollment. This is the age at which most dogs stop growing. Schools encourage training only after the growth of the dog has stopped. Therefore, they only enroll dogs that are past this age.
Different types of agility lessons are given for different types of dogs. The kind of steps that a dog can perform depends on its size and physical characteristics. For instance, short dogs with stout legs would be trained to perform steps like crawling through holes and tunnels, while taller dogs would be trained to jump over obstacles and perform other kinds of tricks more suited to their size.
However, every dog has a unique personality and how it responds to the training could be very different in each case. The biggest benefit of agility lessons is that they offer a great physical outlet for the dog’s energy and inherent skills. Their ability to compete and perform in a dog show is an added advantage.


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