I recently attended the Agility Association of Canada's Ontario Regional Championship with my young border collie, Iggy. What a display of different dogs and skill levels! The teamwork between the handlers and their dogs was incredible. The dogs and handlers work hard running six courses in two days. How did they do it? Or maybe the better question is: why did they do it?
Because theses dogs and handlers have trained hard. The handlers have learned how to work with their dogs and build value for working together. Agility training with your dog takes your connection with him to a whole new level. It challenges you to learn what motivates your dog; it challenges him to focus on and respond to your commands despite all sorts of distractions. Mind you, not every moment is a brilliant one but the love and bond created is everlasting.
Agility training with Iggy and my previous agility dogs, has helped me become a better trainer. It's taught me to become more respectful of dogs. To learn that they will tell you everything you need to know to train them, you just have to pay attention. If you're looking for ways to deepen your bond and relationship with your best friend, come check out one of our free demonstrations.
- Canada Day in South Mountain keep an eye on our calendar for times
- Chesterville Fair - Friday July 25 at 3:30pm and 5pm
So, how did Iggy do? Iggy surpassed all my goals for this weekend and I am looking forward to training all the holes we found. Take a look at the video and leave your impressions in the comments below!