If you want to keep your dog in top condition both physically and mentally then dog agility training is a great place to start. Dog agility training is a dog sport in which the handler directs their dog through an obstacle course in a race for speed and accuracy. In competition, dogs run off lead with no food or toys as incentives. The handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. The handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.
Bring your smile and sense of humour as agility is fun first and foremost! The first rule of agility is having fun, both you and your dog
We have classes running on Saturdays and Sundays in Chalfont St Peter. All breeds and abilities are welcome. We currently have spaces in our dog agility club so please get in touch and register your interest. If you have any questions our friendly team will be happy to help!
First time dog agility training? Here are some tips:
- It is recommended that dogs are over 8 months (unless your vet states otherwise) to take part in agility training.
- Don’t feed your dog a meal for 4hrs before jumping as full tummies can get twisted.
- Dogs must be on a training lead and a flat collar – no slip leads or extendable leads please.
- Wear sensible shoes/clothes for grass and the weather conditions. Layers are best as you will get hot when working your dog and may cool off quickly between your turns. A coat for your dog is advisable to cover warm muscles.
- Bring your dog’s favourite toy and a spare. If your dog doesn’t play with a toy you may use a lotus ball or clam to deliver food in.
- Bring lots of treats small enough to swallow whole as chewing will just slow you down! Water is provided but you are welcome to bring your own water and bowl. And of course don’t forget poo bags!