Dog agility is arguably the most popular competition in the realm of dog sports. If you have watched some of the highlights from Crufts championship finals, you probably were blown away by the athleticism and intelligence of the dogs that participated. It makes you wonder if your dog could compete in dog agility. This article reviews the book: The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility Training.
Would My Dog be Good at Agility?
The dogs and their handlers make dog agility look so damn easy. But we all know that it takes a lot training and patience to turn a regular dog into a world-class dog agility athlete.
Not all dogs are built for sports, much less for dog agility competition. But as a dog owner, you’ll be able to gauge the potential of your puppy. You can do the eye test and see how well your dog is responsive to training.
Another indicator of your puppy’s readiness to do agility sports is if he passes the good puppy citizen test. A well-behaved calm dog is easier to train for just about anything.
Dog owners consider this as a pre-agility training to prepare dogs for sports training and therapy training. Even if it’s just dog agility for fun, you need your dog to do proper behavior and obedience training.
Dog Agility Training for Beginners
Even if you are not thinking of competing (at least not yet) but you want to get started with training, you need to get a copy of The Beginner’s Guide to Dog Agility by Laurie Leach.
The book contains all the information you need to know about dog agility training using step-by-step agility training techniques. It details every step you need to take and all the motivational tools to help your dog ready to compete in agility trials.
What’s great about this book is that it’s written, designed, and structured for beginners. Everything is explained in fun and easy-to-understand manner for easy comprehension.
Even if you don’t plan on competing in Cruft’s or local competitions, this book will help you jump-start your dog’s agility training. It’s a fun hobby for your dog and a great bonding experience.
This will definitely help you learn new skills as a handler. It breaks down the training for each agility equipment and explains clearly what skills need to be developed and improved to get the desired results.
Build Your Own Agility Course
One thing that’s really extra in Dog Agility Training for Beginners is teaching you how to build your own agility obstacle course. This allows you to have a deeper understanding of the concepts of agility sports.
The book covers everything you need to know as a beginner in the sports but it also puts things in the right perspective: that it’s not an easy thing to do. It will make you realize that dog agility training requires commitment, perseverance, and a whole lot of patience. You can decide right away if dog agility is the right activity for you and your dog.
Get your copy from Amazon.