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Agility is Fun for Both You and Your Dog
Basic Dos and Don'ts
There are some basic rules of agility training that will go a long way to starting off
on the right paw. The first one is to have fun! If it's not fun for both of you, then
something is wrong. Here are some basic rules:
ALWAYS be positive. Make your training sessions shorter if your dog gets tired or
disinterested too quickly, and end on a positive note. If your dog consistently
remembers agility training as the best time of his life, he'll want to train longer
and please you more.
NEVER say "No". Or we should say rarely. If your dog doesn't do an obstacle
correctly, say in a positive voice, "Oops, let's try this again", and go back to the
beginning. If your dog still doesn't do it right, don't scowl or act all
disappointed. Your dog will pick up on your mood and either "freeze", or keep making
the same mistake.
ALWAYS be clearly expressive. Body language is very important to your dog, who is
picking up on everything.
ALWAYS give praise for a job well done. The key is to keep your dog interested so he
will run even faster!