Think about a sport the place you leap via hoops, run via tunnels and climb obstacles. A troublesome feat for any athlete, however these aren’t your common opponents. This sport is for the canines.
“It’s a aggressive sport referred to as agility,” mentioned Gwen Little, proprietor and operator of Paus-n-Prepare canine coaching in Selwyn, Ont. “It runs at provincial, nationwide and worldwide circuits.”
Whereas it may be extremely aggressive, Little mentioned agility may also be accomplished recreationally and is an effective way to bond together with your pet.
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“The concept right here is that we make the tools enjoyable and we’re constructing via classical conditioning so the animals begin to go ‘I like this,” she mentioned. “It’s a crew sport, not solely do we have to have the canine perceive their job, however the handler has to grasp their job to assist their canine via it.”
Little mentioned it is very important begin small and get correct coaching, as a result of in the event you rush into issues too shortly it could actually negatively have an effect on your canine’s confidence.
Little mentioned it isn’t solely an effective way on your canine to get train, however can be nice for his or her psychological well being.
“It’s tremendously mentally enriching and stimulating for them and through this entire COVID period, many individuals have advised me that that is their comfortable place.”
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Longtime leisure handler June Murdoch mentioned agility coaching is sweet for people in addition to our four-legged mates. She and her loyal companion, James Bond, a seven-year-old Portuguese Water Canine, prepare with Little every week.
“It’s a actual partnership effort and it will get me out and it’s good for my mind as a result of each week the course is completely different,” mentioned Murdoch. “It’s actually good for each of us.”
Little mentioned each breed of canine is succesful, and that pet homeowners needn’t be intimidated by the game.
“It actually comes all the way down to the temperament of the person canine,” she mentioned. “Any canine can play.”
For extra info on canine coaching or agility lessons, go to the Paus-n-Prepare web site.
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