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Dog agility - 5 simple reasons your dog can run and jump

This article demonstrates five simple reasons why your dog can run and jump the agility equipment. Also observe what your dog's limitations are.

Dog agility is one of the fast growing sports today.  Many dogs and theirhandlers or partners (thats you) have tried running the agility course andfound its more than just training and preparation, its fun fun and fun!  Itsamazing how your dog reacts to you, they observe you and test you out.  Ifyou as a handler or trainer show lots of enthusiasim and havea fun attitude with your dog running over, under, and through the agilityequipment, your dog will too. They will never cease to amaze you,their expectations can far exceed your expectation.  Incredible, isn\'t it!A simple method of staying in shape is guiding or training your dog throughthe agility equipment, great exercise for your dog, exercise that is verybenefitial for you also.  Running and training your dog is the same amountofenergy you would put in if working out at a gym or doing an aerobic exerciseof some type.  The more training and running with your dog, thebetter shape for both of you.  You and your dog will develop moreflexibility in your body, stronger heart, and yes lose weight and gain somemuscles.It is vitally important to be patient with your dog when starting on theagility equipment.  Your dog might hesitate at first, but once you develop ateam relationship and know each other better, your dog will trust you andgladly perfom for you.  The key to a successful relationship with your dogis understand its strength and weakness, its abilities and limitations.  Forinstance, a border collie may weave blasting through the poles withoutworking up a sweat whereas your dog might just walk timidly through thepoles.  Every dog breed is built differently, so there are some limiatioins.If your dog performs up to the best of its ability and you both have ahealthy relationship, then , there you go, you both are winners!  Focus onyourdog\'s abilities, not whether your dog is better, faster, and smarter thanothers, its more of a relationship that you want to build and cherish for along time.Confidence starts with you as a traineer or handler.  As stated in aprevious paragraph, your dog has great ears and eyes, and observes everymovement of your body.  A healthy positive confident trainer will have lotsof success with their dog, because confidence is contagious and the dog willfeel the effect and do likewise.  Thats what teamwork is all about, to buildeach other up.  Hence, the more confident you become as a trainer, the moreconfidence you instill in your dog to run,jump, and fly. Any type of exercise feeds the mind, body, and soul.  No matter how well,how fast, or how smart your dog is, as long as you and your dog run togetherthrough the agility equipment, both of you will benefit from the exercise.It takes quick thinking as a handler leading your dog from one obstacle toanother without running off course.  Timing and workingtogether as a team takes lots of repititions and practice, and yes lots ofpraise.  Excercise with a positive mind feeds the body and soul, enablingboth you and your dog to perform well on the course, or just for fun in yourown backyard, or a fun club/group activities. These are five simple reasons why your dog can run and jump the agilityequipment.  Observe what your dog can or can\'t do.  Start out with fun gamessuch as a frisbee, tennis ball, or tug toy and find which one your dog likesbest, then use them as a reward for performing a taskFree Reprint Articles, such as jumping overa bar or going through the weaves successfully.

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Brad Carlson is a dog trainer at Agility by Carlson.  For more training details, visit our website at

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