What Are Dog Agility Classes?
What are dog agility classes? Is a question I get asked a lot!
So what is it and what can you really expect during a class?
Lots of running!
Yes, bring your running shoes. If the venue is grass, make sure they have good grip on them in case the grass is slightly damp and slippery.
So many people do not realise that this is not just a workout for your dog! You have plenty of work to do too!
You don’t have to be an athlete, far from it! (I’m certainly not). But you will need to be able to speed walk a short distance several times with your dog.
The first few classes will build some foundation skills.
Things like following your hands and body, getting used to the jumps and tunnels, and maybe some handling skills too.
Its important to practise these at home too. The more you practise, the better you will be!
There is a lot of waiting around in classes while other people take thier turns.
There are two options during this time.
- Get social! Get to know your class mates. I like to think of them as team mates, they are the ones that cheer you on!
- Practise. Take the time to get focus from your dog, teach them to be calm while others work, or practise following your hand, tricks, or warm ups.
Have a sense of humour!
You won’t always get it right, and neither will your dog. Good agility skills take time, and a hell of a lot of patience.
Your dog will be a little bit naughty, we laugh and move on!