As space and money for sports and hobbies dwindle, more and more people are discovering the joys of competing in dog sports. Dogs love it, too, because they are incredibly intelligent animals that need a job to do. They also need social interaction with other people and other dogs in order to stay calm and happy. One of the most popular dog sports in Europe, Canada and America is dog agility. Watching and studying dog agility training videos can help you teach the sport to your dog.
The Personality Of Your Dog
The best dog agility training videos will stress that agility is not a sport for all dogs. Some dogs are too ill to compete in all of the physical events required. Some dogs, due to past abuse, are either terrified of other dogs or terrified of strange people. But you can still use the tips from dog agility training videos to help your dog have some fun and gain confidence in the safety of your own back yard.
Young puppies or young big dogs with a growing skeleton should not be asked to the jumps in agility. Putting too much strain on their growing bodies – especially for medium to giant-sized breeds – makes them prone to injuries and hip dysplasia. Please talk with your vet to see if your dog is healthy enough to compete in dog agility.
Ask For Help
If you go into a pet supply store or go online looking for dog agility training videos, it can seem like you’ve been hit by a tidal wave of choices. You could try just any dog agility training video, but that can become an expensive experience. There are a lot of poorly made videos on dogs out there.
One of the best places you can go to ask for help in selecting any kind of dog videos, from agility to basic training to hunting dog training videos, is to go to an active internet forum about dogs in general or about agility in particular. Dog people are usually very vocal and free with their opinions and recommendations.
If you have small dog or a short-legged dog like a Pembroke Welsh Corgi or a Standard Dachshund, be sure that the dog agility training video actually talks about the special challenges presented to your dogs. The obstacles like jumps or hoops need to be positioned much lower to the ground than for dogs like Border Collies or Australian Shepherds, which seem to dominate the sport.