1. Feed your dog several hours before agility or any vigorous exercise to avoid discomfort or even torsion.
2. If you have any doubts about your dog’s fitness or state of health, get them 100% fit and well before doing any stressful exercise. Ask your Vet for their advice.
3. Always give your dog a ‘warm up’ at the start of a training session to get the muscles ‘limbered up’. Dogs, like humans, can sustain injury if they suddenly take very vigorous exercise without preparation.
4. Always finish your training session on a high note. If your dog has done a lovely round, exercise or obstacles well, leave it at that and then give your dog the chance to 'warm down' after it's workout.
5. All dogs don’t enjoy all activities so if your dog is unhappy or shows any signs of stress during training, move on and find something they enjoy as it should be a partnership of pleasure and not an endurance test.
6. Remember it is only a game; never put your dog’s health welfare or trust in jeopardy for your own pride or ambition.
“ AGILITY IS & ALWAYS SHOULD BE FUN!”
POINTS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU START .
1. Agility are physically demanding sports for both the dog and handler. Ensure your dog is 100% fit to avoid minor stresses and strains on both joints and muscles.
2. Agility need to be approached properly with basic “off the lead” controls already in place. Such basic obedience controls include a solid “lie down” and “wait” and “come” before you even think about training at a fun level.
3. Without these basic controls, it would be advisable to join your local dog training club for a few months before starting agility.
4. It is important with a young dog to progress slowly and carefully. In agility, control and partnership are the most important elements that you will be learning.
5. If you want to compete your dog will need to be registered with The Kennel Club on either the Breed or Working Register. Your dog will also need to be at least 18 months old.