Agility training provides many benefits for dogs and their handlers. It enhances cognition and builds a stronger bond between dog and handler. You can achieve great results even with just a few agility equipment. Practicing regularly with your dog and understanding its goals will yield the best results.
Here are some of the agility equipment for dogs
It can be difficult for your dog to learn how to navigate the tunnel, one of the most challenging agility obstacles. Closed spaces, rustling vinyl, and shifting surfaces of some tunnels make them challenging for dogs. Smoothly moving through is a great way to increase trust between you and your dog, as well as develop patience and recall, as your dog will be able to move his or her body in ways that require both skill and endurance.
Bar jumping challenges your dog's ability to control his jump such that he does not knock the bar off the hurdle. The dog must control not only his jump but also his speed. Too fast and your dog may not make the jump; too slow and he may stumble. Even so, training your dog to jump over these hurdles is often the easiest first step to agility training, and can indicate how readily your dog will adapt to other obstacles.
New agility dogs have a tough time learning to weave poles, because weaving through poles is not a natural dog behavior, unlike jumping, running, and climbing. There are six adjustable poles, and you can set them to run straight or offset. The dog has to enter from the right of the first pole and weave all the way to the end.
Dog Agility Kits
The kit usually includes basic agility equipment such as adjustable jump, weave poles, a tire jump, tunnel, and pause box. This kit is easy to set up in your own backyard too. You can always teach your dog agility training at home. Besides being sturdy and easy to assemble, the gear includes a large carrying bag. This starter kit is great but may be better suited to smaller dogs. It is most likely cheaper than if you bought each piece separately.
If you are planning to begin an agility training program, consult a veterinarian first. They might give you some precautions depending on your dog’s breed. It may also affect what agility training fits them best or what they can easily learn first. This agility training can help them to become healthier while having fun and bonding with you.