How To Train A Dog In Agility

How To Train A Dog In Agility


Agility training will help your dog develop obedience, speed and agility while also giving you a way to bond with your dog. Whether you are interested in agility training for competition or just for fun, it is important to know the basics of how to train a dog in agility. By following some simple steps and integrating regular practice into your daily routine, you can help build a strong relationship with your furry companion.

What is agility training?

Agilitiy training is the act of teaching your dog to traverse a series of obstacles in a specific order. The obstacles are often set up in a park or field and are placed at different distances apart, heights, and angles. The dog must complete the course as quickly as possible while jumping over hurdles, running through tunnels and weaving through poles.

Why do agility training?

Agility training is a great way to help your dog get the exercise they need, while also focusing on the development of obedience. The intense focus required for agility can also be used in other aspects of dog training, such as basic obedience and tricks. Agility training is especially good for dogs that have trouble learning from their owners because it requires them to listen intently and follow commands from someone else.

Finally, agility training helps strengthen bonds between dogs and their owners because it encourages working together as a team! It’s fun to see how quickly your pup picks up new skills when you put in the time together with them!

Mental and physical benefits

Agility training is an exercise that can provide a fun, physical workout and mental challenge for dogs. It also helps to improve their health and well-being. The mental benefits of agility include:

  • Improving your bond with your dog
  • Improving confidence
  • Improving focus and attention span

The physical benefits of agility include:

  • Building muscle strength
  • Strengthening bones, joints, and ligaments

What do you need to train a dog in agility?

You’ll need:

  • A clicker (or the sound of a whistle or your voice)
  • Treats. You can buy dog treats at pet stores, but it’s also easy to make your own dog treats that are much cheaper and healthier for your pooch.
  • Dog training equipment, including:
  • Agility equipment such as jumps and tunnels that you can use to practice on in your backyard or park, or you may use agility courses if they are available near you. An agility course is an area where the obstacles are set up in a specific order so that the dogs learn how to get from one obstacle to another, rather than just running around randomly like wild animals might do if left alone for too long with nothing else better planned out for them to do than run around all day without any purpose being set out beforehand (which could lead into dangerous situations).

Teaching your dog basic commands

Now that your dog is a little more comfortable with the agility course, it’s time to teach him some basic commands.

When teaching these commands, make sure you don’t confuse them with each other. For example, if you say “sit” and then expect them to lie down on their belly instead of sitting up straight (which is what sit means), they may not understand what you’re saying and become confused. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • Sit – To ask your dog to sit down in front of you or other people in an obedient manner
  • Down – Same as above but lying down instead of sitting up straight
  • Stay – The most important command! This one tells your dog not move from his current position until told otherwise
  • Come back / Come here / Heel – These are all different ways of saying “come here” so make sure whichever one works best for you and your pup!

These should get your pup ready for training in agility classes!

Teaching your dog to walk on a leash

The first thing to teach your dog is to walk on a leash. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important for safety reasons and for keeping your dog healthy and happy. You can start teaching this by putting him on the leash in an open area that has no distractions or hazards. Make sure that you establish yourself as the leader of the pack when it comes to where you will go; if your dog takes off running in another direction, call out their name and pull him back toward you until he starts following again (and then praise him when he does).

Once your dog is comfortable with walking on a loose lead around an open space, start adding things into the mix—like toys or treats—to encourage them to stay focused on the task at hand while they’re walking on leash with their handler rather than going after something else that’s more exciting (which would take away from training time). It also helps if humans close their eyes as well when training dogs so they don’t get distracted by what we see!

Teaching your dog to come when called

Training your dog to come when called is one of the most important exercises in agility. A dog that comes when called will be safe and secure at all times, and it will also help you teach your dog other commands like drop (to let go of an item), stay, heel, touch or scent articles.

The first step for teaching a dog to come when called is to get them familiar with the command itself. Begin by calling the dog’s name from inside or outside of your home; if they don’t respond immediately, encourage them verbally but don’t force them towards you until they approach on their own volition. Once they’ve gotten used to responding to their names being spoken, begin training them at longer distances by calling from different rooms in your house while they’re distracted with something else (such as playing with another pet). If your pup doesn’t respond right away, do not give up! Keep repeating yourself until he/she finally comes running over to you after realizing what’s going on—it may take some time before this happens but once it does then congratulations! Your training has been successful so far!

Goals and progressions in agility training

As you are training your dog, it is important to keep progressions in mind. This will help you build a good foundation for the skill set that you want to teach your dog.

The following is an outline of some goals and progressions that are recommended for agility training:

  • Your goal is to get your dog comfortable with running through an obstacle course. You will need to teach them how to run through tunnels, over jumps and weave poles before progressing onto more difficult obstacles such as a tire jump or A-frame hurdle.
  • Begin by teaching your dog how sit at the start line of the course, then have him follow you through each obstacle until he reaches the end of the course where there should be a reward waiting for him (for example, praise or treats). Once he has mastered this step go back over it again but add another obstacle between each one so now his path would look like this: start line > tunnel > jump > tunnel > weave pole > weave pole > jump > finish line where there would still be rewards waiting at each point along the way!

Starting with simple obstacles

  • To begin, you’ll need to teach your dog the following:
  • Walk on a leash.
  • Come when called.
  • Sit and stay.
  • Down and stay.

Using clickers and treats to encourage behaviour

It’s simple: you click the clicker, and your dog performs an agility trick. It may seem like a lot of work to train your dog this way, but it’s actually not that hard once you get into the rhythm of things.

Think about how much more rewarding it is for your pooch when they know what they did right! Using a clicker can teach them exactly how to get rewards from their trainer. The important thing is that the reward comes immediately after clicking—otherwise, there will be no correlation between these two actions (and therefore no learning!).

Setting up obstacles safely at home or in public areas

It is important to remember that you are training your dog, and not vice versa. In other words, you should set up the course of obstacles in a safe way that will not harm your dog.

For example:

  • Use a soft surface such as grass or dirt for them to run on/through. Never use concrete or pavement as these surfaces can be harmful for their paws and joints if they jump down from an obstacle. The last thing you want is for your dog’s elbows to hurt after having jumped down from several feet high!
  • Make sure you use a harness and leash when the dog is on the ground so he doesn’t get away while trying out new obstacles (and so he won’t run into traffic). This also ensures that if they do fall off an obstacle like a teeter-totter or seesaw, they will be pulled down gently onto their side instead of being slammed onto it by gravity alone!
  • Safety vests are also helpful because they help protect dogs against injuries caused by falls during agility training sessions; however I would recommend using one only at home until your pet has mastered some basic techniques needed before beginning this activity outdoors where there may be potential dangers such as vehicles driving nearby etcetera.”

If you are ready to start training your dog, get started and enjoy the process.

If you are ready to start training your dog, get started and enjoy the process. It’s great fun to watch a dog run through an agility course, but there is a lot of work involved in getting them ready for competition.


And before we go, let’s review. We covered a lot today! First, we looked at what agility training really is and why it’s important to consider doing it with your dog. Next, we explored some of the benefits—both physical and mental—that come along with this form of exercise. Then, after discussing some of the equipment you will need in order to start training your dog for agility, we went through how to teach them basic commands like “come when called” or “walk on leash” before moving onto more complex obstacles that they might encounter while running through an obstacle course. Finally, we talked about setting up safe areas at home or in public parks where you can work together practicing these skills as well as using clickers and treats during practice sessions so that both human handler and canine companion have fun getting ready for competitions! This list is not exhaustive but should provide enough information get started down your path towards a rewarding experience working with an athletic trainer who specializes in this area.”

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