Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What is Backyard Agility?

Agility is a sport in which dog & owner teams race through an obstacle course against other teams. For many, competition is not as appealing as just having fun playing around with your dog. If that sounds like you, check out our Backyard Agility series! 

Some of our goals in our Backyard Agility series are:

·         Introduce your dog to new obstacles in a safe and fun manner. Some obstacles can be scary for some dogs at first, and learning new things safely can help build your dog’s confidence.

·         Help you communicate better with your dog. Dogs are masters at reading our body language, and agility is a great way for you to learn how to communicate with your dog by simply changing how you move.

·         Exercise! Agility can obviously be physically tiring for your dog, but it’s also great mental exercise.  Weaving through poles is not a natural behavior to a dog, so learning to do that can really work your dog’s brain. 

If you’re interested in learning a little about agility without the more formal rules and regulations of competitive agility, this is the series for you!  

Here is a fun video of Backyard Agility:

Also, we are hosting the Agility area at Mounds Pet Food Warehouse’s Dog Fest on Sun, June 8th from 10a-4p at Angell Park in Sun Prairie. We’d love to see you there!
Happy Training!