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Get involved in agility!
11:21am Friday 1st November 2013 in Lifestyle
Dog agility involves the dog handler directing their canine through an obstacle course involving tunnels, jumps, A frames, seesaws and weave poles, to name just a few! The dogs run off the lead and respond simply the handler's voice, body language and signals in order to complete the course which is timed and judged in accuracy. The dogs involved think agility is great fun and it also provides a fantastic way for dog owners to bond with their pet.
Agility was first introduced to the UK at Crufts 1978 and the competitions at all levels test the animal's fitness and the handler's ability to train and direct the dog over and through certain obstacles; alongside being a great fun way to bond with your dog.
Dog agility is fast, furious and a great favourite with competitors and spectators alike so why not consider having a go now at a local centre, especially now the winter weather is here?
Though at the higher levels Border Collies sometimes compete separately to other dogs your dog does not have to be a pedigree dog to take part and have a go at agility but it must be registered with the Kennel Club on either the Breed Register or the Activity Register. Size doesn't matter either as there are agility shows for large dogs, medium dogs and small dogs so you can enter the classes which are the most appropriate for you and your dog.
Enjoying dog agility can help to maintain a good level of fitness and a healthy weight for your dog. Regular exercise and mental stimulation can also help to reduce the instances of behavioural problems such as separation anxiety or destructive behaviour which may be a result of surplus energy. You may even notice an improvement in your own health too! Many centres and organisations run their agility classes indoors so it can provide the perfect way to avoid getting wet, whilst still exercising your dog this season.
If you are interested in taking part in agility The Kennel Clureachable through their website www.thekennelclub.org.uk can advise you what dog agility is going on in your area or visit www.agilitynet.com/ to find listings of organisations nationwide.
If taking part in agility remember despite being lots of fun, agility is hard work, as the tasks can be incredibly physical including running, jumping, crawling and balancing. Therefore protecting the body and the joints of the dog through a balanced, nutritious diet is essential. A joint supplement which supports the joint cartilage and soothes aching joints can be highly beneficial to all dogs, particularly those undertaking the physical sport of dog agility.
A range of canine supplements are available from Scientific Nutritional Products. The ethos of the company is refreshing, manufacturing high specification dog supplements without compromise, selling directly to customers through their website www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk in order to make their products exceptional value for money.
- For more information or to receive one-to-one advice specific to your dog contact our nutritional specialist Peter Fishpool on FREEPHONE 0800 032 7774 or on 01377 254900.
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