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Running a dog through a dog agility course is a great way for a pup to enjoy a hearty dose of stimulation and exercise. As the dog and owner work together to navigate the course, the process is also a great bonding experience for both. There are dog agility competitions that you can enter him into, but in order to get to that level, you’ll have to first teach your dog the basics of working through a course. With the right dog agility equipment, you can work with your dog in the confines of your own backyard.
A typical dog agility course has several components. There are a series of jumps that your dog will be instructed to go over, and a set of weave poles that you will instruct your dog to wind in and out of. You can also try out dog walks that a pup will run up and down, tunnels, or pause tables that your pup will hop on top of to hold a sit. Some dog agility courses also contain a teeter-totter, A-frame or tire jump.
In order to master these, you will want to practice extensively with your pup. Chewy offers a variety of dog agility training supplies that you can install in your own backyard or use within your home in order to perfect your dog’s agility skills. The HDP collapsible agility dog training tunnel is waterproof and tear-resistant and comes with a carrying case, giving pet owners the option of taking it to parks and other locations to practice. The Outward Hound Zip & Zoom indoor agility kit for dogs allows you to bring the excitement of dog agility to your living room with 18-inch poles that your pup can run through as well as a high jump and tunnel. And the Trixie agility dog training dog walk is made with weatherproof glazed pine and has a non-slip rubber coating for safety.
Make your agility dog training sessions even more fruitful by using a dog training whistle to signal your pup on when to start the course, and plenty of dog treats to reward him for a job well done. Shop Chewy's online pet store for all your dog supplies.
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The dog agility equipment you need varies depending on what the goal of the training is, but many people can get started at home with just a few key items. A tunnel, poles and jumps will be enough to set up a course for beginner or non-competitive training, and you don’t need a large amount of space for a course of this type. You can also find dog agility equipment kits that set up easily and pack away for compact storage.
Practice agility training with your dog at home by rehearsing commands, practicing walking at different speeds and developing basic skills like tunnel navigation and balancing on a low board. You can also set up a more thorough agility training course using an agility training course kit or DIY one if you have the outdoor space and skills.
You should start agility training for dogs at no younger than 8 weeks of age. Young puppies should engage only in low-impact flatwork training until they are finished growing, as jumps and weave training are too physically demanding for them. Full course training should wait until your dog has reached at least 12-18 months of age. Talk to your vet before starting any new training program with your pup.