Agility trainingNow that you have decided to use kind, effective training based on positive reinforcement, you can apply this principle to a number of other activities with your dog, such as agility, flyball and obedience training.

Agility Training

In order to take part in agility training, both you and your dog must be physically fit. Agility can be great fun and is both mentally and physically rewarding for your dog. Agility courses consist of a number of obstacles that you and your dog must negotiate as a team. Examples of these obstacles can be:

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Weaving poles
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Jumps (high, low and long)
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Tunnels (rigid and collapsible)
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Tyres (a tyre raised off the ground which acts as a jump)
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Dog walks
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Frames (a triangular ‘ramp’ that the dog climbs at one side and descends at the other)
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Flyball Training

Again, to take part in Flyball, both you and your dog need to be physically fit. Flyball is a team ‘knock out’ relay race with four dogs and their owners taking part. The objective of the race is for each dog to jump over four low hurdles and then trigger a box that contains a tennis ball, catch the ball and return over the start / finish line. As soon as the first dog returns, the next is released and so on. The race is won by the first team to get four dogs and four balls back. This type of training can be great fun for you and your dog.

Obedience Training

Obedience trainingCompetitive obedience is akin to ‘fine tuning’ your basic dog training. You and your dog will have to demonstrate in a ring that all of the basic elements of good dog training can be performed to a high standard. This can be very rewarding for both dog and owner and will assist in increasing the bond between the two of you. Some of the disciplines are:

* Heel work
* Retrieval
* Distance control
* Recall
* Scent discrimination
* Send away
* Stays

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