have excessive energy in need of being tamed? Dogs who are left alone for long periods
of time, with no direction from owners, will find things to do to occupy its
time and utilise its mind. Barking, chewing and digging are all natural animal
behaviors that dogs will engage in quite happily when left on their own without
the intervention of human leadership? As humans we find these behaviors
undesirable being both annoying and destructive. It is a mistake to think your
dog engages in these behaviors because it’s bored, it’s not; your dog wants to
contribute to the household. When digging your dog is mimicking the foraging of
food, when barking your dog is creating a defence alarm
system - your dog is finding a purpose.
Dogs are social creatures that require attention and
stimulation. Their aim is to please us by working for us. By giving your dog
positive reinforcement training and praise you can show your dog what it takes
to make you happy and what is expected of him. As care takers of our pets it’s
our job to take the time to understand our pet’s needs. Besides providing our
dogs with creature comforts of food, fresh water and a warm place to sleep our
dogs require exercise, attention and a job to do. The more we meet their needs
the more equipped your dog will be to provide you what you ultimately want from
him and that is to have a calm and well behaved companion.
So why not use your dog’s natural instincts and give
your k9 buddy a job? Why not give your dog a job that is both physically and
mentally challenging? Dog agility is a game of chase that mimics the natural
prey drive in canines that is safe and fun. Dog agility is an obstacle course that
your dog runs around being directed by a handler through various means of verbal
and visual communications. An hour of agility class will leave your dog mentally
and physically fatigued that equals several hours of walking. Satisfied your dog
will go home relaxed, in need of rest and loss of desire to dig or chew. Several hours
of agility practice will have your dog calmed and happy for the rest of the day. A day
at an agility event will content your dog for days.
All dogs whether full breed or mixed breed that are physically
fit can do agility. Some breeds are more streamlined for the sport such as
border collies and shelties; who are known to be the Ferraris of agility.
However, many high energy breeds such as kelpies, terriers and cattle dogs also
excel at agility. In fact all breeds of dogs will benefit from the physical and
mental challenges of the sport. Agility isn’t for everyone...but if you have a
dog that requires taming or you just want to challenge your own dog
training...why not give it a try?
At Salty Dogs we provide agility training for competative and non-competative
teams and have fun at our weekly club practice.