History of Dog Agility Training and Equipment
Dog agility training is a fascinating area of dog training which requires your dog to have the highest degree of obedience. As the dogs are off leash the handler only uses voice control and body language which is why dogs need to be so obedient. Dogs need accuracy and speed and are very important in competition agility. This kind of competition is now very popular around the world and is great fun for both the dog and the handler. Let us look at the history of dog agility training equipment.
The history of dog agility
The history of dog agility training goes back to the late 1970s in the United Kingdom. It has now spread very quickly around the world, with major competitions held worldwide. The first documented appearance of dog agility was at Crafts dog show in 1978. It is based on the equestrian world to demonstrate dogs’ natural agility and speed. At the 1978 Crafts, the demonstration really intrigued dog owners because of its challenge and speed and of the dexterity showed by the dogs. After this show, people wanted to see more and it has grown from strength to strength since then.
Dog agility equipment
Agility equipment includes various numerous obstacles such as jumps, seesaws, tunnels, frames, and weave poles. Weave poles are the hardest discipline in dog agility training for dogs to learn. When competing for the dogs must follow a certain path through the obstacles, complete them and even have places where the dogs must touch called yellow zones in order to qualify for the obstacle and competition.
The Pipe Tunnel: The tunnel is very narrow at the beginning starting with a small hole and gradually opens up where the end is an open tube. Dogs can be very scared of this obstacle so training them with something similar is important.
The Seesaw: This is a lot like the one you played on as a child but has no handles and has yellow zones on each end. The yellow is there so the dogs must climb up the seesaw from the beginning, make it tip, and then walk to the bottom. When training your dog you can help them by having them walk the seesaw up and down and not letting them get off until they have completed the obstacle.
The A-Frame: The A frame is a simple obstacle that makes your dog walk up the wood and then back down without jumping off of the sides. This obstacle also has yellow zones at the bottom ends.
The double Jump: As most dogs love jumping they will love this one. In the competitions, there are single and double jumps. The poles are set at different heights and the dogs must jump over them without touching them or knocking the poles off. Setting something up at home to train your dog won’t be difficult.
The Weave poles: Poles are set in the ground at specific intervals and the dog must run side to side through the poles. There are normally 6 to 12 poles in dog agility competitions and is normally the most difficult in the competition.
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