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Agility training in 5 steps!

Get started with agility training for your dog in an easy way!

Agility training is a fun and challenging activity that can strengthen the bond between you and your dog, while also providing a great opportunity to train your dog’s physical and mental skills. If you are curious about agility and want to start training with your dog, you have come to the right place! In this post I will give you some simple steps and tips to get started with agility training.

1. Get the basic equipment:

To start with agility training, you need some basic equipment.

Here are some products you can consider:

  • Agility Tunnel Portable Pro : A collapsible and portable tunnel that can be used to train your dog to run through and explore different routes.

  • Agility Slalom Sticks 12pk : This set of slalom sticks gives you the opportunity to train your dog to maneuver through a series of sticks, which requires good body control and coordination.

  • Agility High jump Trixie : The high jumps give you the opportunity to train your dog to jump over obstacles at different heights, so you can adapt the training to your dog’s skill level.

  • Agility FlexiRing Trixie : The FlexiRing is a versatile agility obstacle that can be used to train your dog to jump through the ring or use it as a barrier to practice changes of direction and agility.

  • Trixie Dog Activity Obstacle Set : This set contains a combination of different obstacle types, including jumping obstacles, tunnels and slalom poles, giving you the opportunity to vary the exercise and keep your dog engaged.

  • Trixie Sport Training Dummy: It is made of durable material and has a practical handle, making it easy to throw and handle during training sessions. This is used to teach your dog fetching, searching and other exercises that can be useful in agility training.

Dog doing agility with an agility tunnel behind him in the color yellow

2. Train basic obedience and commands:

Before starting agility training, it is important that your dog has a good understanding of basic obedience and commands. Make sure your dog can listen and respond to the commands “sit,” “stand,” “stay,” “come,” and “foot.” This will make it easier to communicate with your dog during agility training.

Dog sitting according to instructions from owner during agility training

3. Introduce your dog to the obstacles:

Once you have the equipment ready and your dog has the basic commands in place, it’s time to introduce your dog to the obstacles. Start by letting your dog explore the obstacles at his own pace. Let it sniff, jump over or crawl under the obstacles without putting too much pressure on it at first. This will help your dog become familiar with the obstacles and build confidence. 

Dog walking over agility high jump to learn how to jump high jump

4. Reward your dog:

Rewarding is an important part of agility training. When your dog does something right, such as jumping over an obstacle or running through a tunnel, immediately praise and reward it in the form of treats or positive reinforcement. This will motivate your dog to continue exploring and mastering the obstacles. You can also use the Trixie Dog Activity Obstacle Set to vary the exercise and reward your dog with the opportunity to explore different obstacle types.

dog that is rewarded with a treat

5. Gradually build up the training:

As your dog becomes more comfortable with the obstacles, you can start building up the training gradually. Increase the level of difficulty by adding more obstacles, changing the order of the obstacles or increasing the height of the jump obstacles. Remember to always train in short sessions to avoid exhaustion and keep training positive and fun for your dog. With the varied equipment you have acquired, you can create an exciting and engaging agility course for your dog.

The most important thing is to have fun

Remember that agility training is about having fun and building a strong partnership with your dog.
Be patient and enjoy the journey with your four-legged friend😊

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