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  • Your Dog | Agility jump training | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    so I raised the jump so he had to leave the ground to clear it As he jumped I said the cue word Over so he linked the idea of jumping with the word Coca progressed very quickly I suspected this wasn t his first attempt at agility training However with some dogs these steps can take several sessions so patience is important Practice makes Next I made the jump higher and stopped throwing the treat before Coca jumped rewarding him only after he had gone over the jump I was careful at this point that the jump wasn t too high because of the hard floor and that the surface wasn t slippery for his landing There are a variety of jumps used in agility including straight fences and tyres If you want to do agility your dog needs to be happy jumping over just about anything as long as it is safe to do so You can practise at home getting your dog to jump over your legs and you can practise on walks using fallen trees If your dog has a good wait you can leave him one side of the tree walk around to the other side and call him using your cue word when he jumps If he doesn t have a good wait you can jump over the tree alongside him Two poles are easy when there s a reward You don t have to spend a fortune on agility equipment There are lots of inexpensive garden sets available including jumps from the Clix agility range from The Company of Animals www companyofanimals co uk You can also buy cone sets cones with holes in them and poles more usually used for football training available at most sports shops The majority of us are never going to compete at agility with our dogs But teaching your dog to jump over obstacles either when out on your walks or over home agility equipment is another fun and interactive thing you can do to keep his mind and body working and to strengthen your relationship On or off the lead I used the training barn at Dogs Trust which allowed Coca to work off the lead I prefer training off lead where possible as I want the dogs to work for me because they want to not because they don t have a choice Training off the lead also makes you work harder to be interesting to the dog If you train outdoors in an area that might not be safe or if you think your dog may run off you must use a lead Make sure your dog wears a plain flat collar use a long training lead and make sure you don t jerk on the lead when your dog jumps Jumping rules Do not let any dog under a year old or 18 months in large or giant breeds jump Make sure that anything you ask your dog to jump over isn t

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  • Your Dog | Places to go with your dog | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    perfect end to one Although health and safety regulations mean you won t be able to take your dog into a restaurant there are plenty of pubs where he ll be able to accompany you for a meal It s likely that you ll have to sit in the beer garden but as long as you choose a nice day that won t be much of a hardship Depending on your personal tastes and where you go food can vary from basic pub grub to top notch cuisine Visit www doggiepubs org uk for recommendations Make sure you teach your dog to sit or lie down quietly so you can eat undisturbed and keep him close by you on a lead Give him a tasty long lasting chewy treat to keep him occupied and a bowl of water 5 Attend a show Keep an eye on the local press for details of village fêtes which can be full of novel sights and sounds especially if a carnival procession is involved Lots of fêtes also have companion dog shows as part of the attraction where your pet can strut his stuff or you might like to go along to a game or country fair where all sorts of have a go activities will be on offer 6 Picnic site Taking your dog for a picnic can be the perfect outing for dogs of all ages and especially for elderly dogs who unable to cope any longer with the more challenging excursions of their youth find themselves being left behind at home A short gentle stroll as you won t want to lug a picnic hamper too far to a scenic spot where he can lie down relax sniff the air and enjoy a few special treats is a different matter while keeping within his physical ability it will help him feel he s still a part of things and the change of environment can also provide some often much needed stimulation for him 7 Special events Re enactments of different periods of history can be another fun family day out and one which will help broaden your dog s experiences He ll be able to meet Romans and Saxons Roundheads and Cavaliers or soldiers from the two World Wars all of whom will look a little different from the people he usually meets Take care at events which involve firing guns or cannons if these are likely to frighten him they re usually scheduled to take place at certain times so you can avoid being nearby if you check the timetable first Re enactments often take place at heritage sites and other historical attractions around the country check websites and your local tourist office for details 8 Back to school Training classes aren t just for those with puppies or new dogs they re for everyone and lots of clubs cater for all levels Once you ve got basic training under your belt ask if there are other classes you can

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  • Your Dog | 10 things to do on your dog walks | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    be very dangerous you can buy substitute rubber sticks or use a piece of old hosepipe as an alternative 5 Do some training Include a few training exercises while out on walks both when on and off the lead As well as keeping you both up to scratch it s important to do the work while out and about in all sorts of different places it s no good having a dog who only does what you ask when at home or in training classes Include sits stays downs heelwork and any tricks your dog knows rewarding him between each exercise with praise a treat or an exciting game before releasing him for more free running Even though he might know and be able to perform an exercise really well at home it can be much harder for him when he s out in a distracting environment with lots of fascinating sights sounds and smells so be prepared to use high value rewards to help motivate him Include lots of recalls if you only call him to you when it s time to go home he ll understandably be inclined to keep his distance so the fun can continue for longer A good recall is essential if you re going to be able to safely let your dog off lead 6 Add variety If you have a limited number of everyday routes try adding some variety by walking them in reverse rather than always going in the same direction Walk on different sides of the road where there s a pavement and you can do so safely as although it might look the same to you there will be different scents for your dog Be imaginative and use what s available to help spice up walks a little asking your dog to jump over or limbo under a fallen tree trunk for example or even to walk along it a short way if it s broad enough and safe for him to do so weave in and out of fence posts jump on to and walk along or wriggle under a park bench 7 Pulling power Teaching your dog to walk nicely on the lead makes going for a walk much nicer and less frustrating for both of you If he s very strong and you struggle to stay in control then headcollars and other aids might help you but remember that they re there to help while you re training him not to act as a substitute for doing the work If you re having difficulty overcoming pulling problems then get some professional help Don t forget to praise your dog when he s walking nicely don t just take his good behaviour for granted 8 Go somewhere different Spend some time studying a map of your local area you might think you know it pretty well but looking at a map can often reveal some places you perhaps haven t explored yet or never thought of going to

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  • Your Dog | How to be the star of a dog show | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    usually those dogs that not only look as if they re having fun but obviously have a great rapport with their owners too Catch the judge s eye Wearing matching bow ties buying a beautiful collar or dressing your dog in a colourful bandanna will help him to stand out especially if he has a dark coat If you own a sighthound you could attach a tassel to his collar too You might also teach your dog to wave a paw at the judge as a way of introducing himself when the judge comes round to meet and greet him Image is everything You don t need to be dressed up to the nines but clean and tidy will reflect better on your dog Choose an outfit that will be both practical and comfortable as you may be wearing it for several hours and which also makes it easy for the judge to focus on your dog rather than distracting attention away from him Trousers are the most popular choice for many people but choose a colour that contrasts with your dog so he doesn t end up blending into your legs Remember too that you may need to bend over your dog so if you opt for a skirt don t pick one which may prove embarrassing the same also applies to low cut tops Sensible footwear is really important too not just for comfort but so you can walk your dog round the ring without danger of getting a heel caught in the grass and tripping over or accidentally stepping on a paw and injuring him If you re planning on entering your dog in a fancy dress class you ll need to buy or make a costume for him and then accustom him to wearing it so he doesn t take exception and spend all his time on the day trying to remove it Fancy dress can be fun but not all dogs enjoy getting dressed up and it can require a degree of patience too so take his personality and temperament into account Make sure his costume is quick and easy to put on and take off if it s a warm day Make sure your dog is looking his very best well groomed with his eyes wiped ears clean nails clipped and bottom wiped Some dogs have a naturally scruffy appearance which can look wonderfully endearing and is of course perfect for Scruffiest dog classes but it shouldn t be a look which has been acquired because his coat is unkempt and matted or dirty As well as a thorough beauty treatment the day before including a bath if he s a little pungent give your dog another quick session on the morning of the show Remember to pack a brush if he has a long coat so you can give him a last quick tidy up before you go in the ring or if he s short coated a chamois leather to wipe over

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  • Your Dog | Teaching your dog to weave | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    at Dogs Trust were a bit noisy as they had a metal base and could have been scary but they weren t a problem for the fearless Fiddler If you train at home you can buy a set of inexpensive weave poles that push into the grass or if you are working indoors where such poles would not be practical you could insert plastic poles into cones To start with I threw a treat to the other side of the poles so Fiddler had a chance to step over the metal bar on the ground and learn that it wasn t scary Using just one section of the weaves and with only two poles I then used a treat to lure him round the weaves the same way I had round my legs While this was only fun agility training I had no idea where Fiddler s future was going to take him and so just in case he became an agility dog I made sure he went into the first weave with his left shoulder next to the pole in agility competitions the dog always starts on the right hand side of the first pole From here it was easy to add more poles Although Fiddler was just following the food he was learning to weave between the poles he was having a new experience that would build his confidence and joy in learning for the future Once Fiddler was weaving happily I started challenging him a little by using a verbal command to get him through the poles instead of just a treat When he was getting the idea I used my left leg a little to shoot past the weave pole Give me a cue That was more than enough for Fiddler in his first weave session so he had a break while I worked with another dog a Staffie called Bacon who had found a new home with her owner Jo Ann Essex Bacon was lured with a treat through the weave poles but this time with the addition of a cue word Jo Ann used Weave as her cue for each pole some people prefer In and Out but you have to be quick Once Bacon understood the cue Jo Ann moved on to doing a few weaves for a reward and then completing a whole row before giving a reward Teaching the cue takes time and patience some dogs understand it very quickly while others take weeks or even months of repetition Take each step really slowly and always be quick to make sure the dog doesn t learn to skip poles if he gets too fast And as always keep it fun Once the dog has got the hang of it make sure you practise with you on both sides of the poles You need to be able to get into the weaves and back out again from either side Use any chance when you are out and about to practise your weaves

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  • Your Dog | How can I put on my own fun dog show? | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    you re covered The date when do you want to hold the event Even though you can never guarantee the weather it s best to pick dates when it should be nice to try to ensure a good turnout Location where are you going to hold the show and will you need permission to do so Is it suitable for all weathers and if not do you have a plan B Charity is your show being run to raise money for charity Activities and classes is it just a fun dog show or will you be running other activities such as agility alongside it How many classes are there going to be what are they and how long will they last Try to be as flexible as possible The ring it is recommended to only have one ring This makes it easier to keep track of classes and will ensure more entries in each class Rosettes and prizes everyone likes a rosette Start asking around for people who make them Ask local pet shops if they will donate prizes You can even approach some bigger doggy companies who may be happy to help especially if it s for a good cause if you don t ask you don t get Advertising make posters put notices in newsagents windows or on council notice boards use local newspapers and radio stations and advertise on Facebook Make noise and get the word out there Health and safety think about the venue and activities that you ve chosen Is there anything that could put a dog or owner at risk Vets you should have a vet on hand should a dog need medical attention You could ask a local vet to be a judge Paperwork you will need to sort out programmes judging sheets entry tags and winners certificates Charges will you be charging a fee for people to enter classes Remember too much and no one will enter but too cheap and everyone will enter every class which could be chaotic What will you need A table and pens where people can register equipment agility equipment toys treats rubbish bags and poo bags water bowls make sure there are plenty around for dogs to have a drink and ensure they are refilled regularly and plastic fencing to create a ring On the day of your show the main thing is to make sure everyone knows their role keep things moving and most importantly relax and watch all of your hard work pay off Top of the classes Choose your classes carefully While best puppy adult and veteran classes are popular they can limit the number of entries you get If you re aiming to get as many entries as possible in each class here are some of the most popular categories to consider Waggiest tail The dog the judge would most like to take home Cutest eyes Best mover Best trick Scruffiest dog All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog

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  • Your Dog | Walking your dog in the dark | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    your dog s visibility in the dark Work out a winter dog walking route which includes both pavements and street lighting If there s no pavement walk against the flow of the traffic and keep your dog on the side furthest from the road Carry a torch as it will help you to be seen If possible take your dog in the car to a place where you can walk away from the road many parks and sports fields have lighting but always check that dogs are allowed Walking in groups is safer than on your own Take your mobile phone with you and let someone know where you re headed All bookazines 5 99 each available from the Your Dog Shop BUY NOW More dog activities 10 places to meet other dog lovers 10 things to do on your dog walks 10 tricks to give your dog the X factor Agility jump training Can dogs compete if they have hip dysplasia Can I set up my own dog walking business Can old dogs do agility Flyball for the first time Get fit with your dog Giving rally obedience a go How can I put on my own fun dog show How to be the star of a dog show How to get started in dog agility How to set up a dog walking group Places to go with your dog Preparing for a dog show Stay safe on dog walks Taking part in Cani cross Teaching your dog to weave Throw a party for your dog Walking your dog in the dark What type of toys are best for dogs Download our FREE sample issue on your tablet device Visit your app store and search for Your Dog Magazine div uk panel data uk grid margin Not found what

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  • Your Dog | Flyball for the first time? | Dog Activities | Dog Care and Advice
    old She s a well trained happy individual but I feel she could do with a bit of variety in her life What s your view about giant breeds doing agility training Does the equipment need to be modified Are there too many potential risks or do you think a little training would benefit my Dane A Mo is the ideal age for either fun agility or flyball All giant breeds should wait until they have some maturity both mentally and physically 18 months is an ideal age Young dogs endure enough risks to joints from everyday jumping twisting and turning during play without additional risks from agility training The perception that big dogs can t enjoy sporting activities is unfounded many love it and take to it with enthusiasm Great Danes are exuberant dogs who are keen and willing and enjoy interaction with their owners Agility contact equipment needs to be adapted for giant breeds requiring extra width and strengthening to endure the extra weight When I do agility training with my Great Dane Measles I use a reinforced A frame a dog walk that s 17in wide and strengthened with two extra supports which stands at 3ft high and a 15in wide see saw on a lower stand to reduce the tilt down A standard agility tunnel is too small I use either the 30 or 39in high tunnels for regular training Weave poles are set wider to reduce spinal twisting which can cause skeletal injuries Other considerations include keeping training sessions short between 30 minutes and an hour is plenty As giant breeds are prone to gastric torsion don t feed your dog less than an hour before or after training and avoid rewarding with food too much Two major agility equipment manufacturers make equipment to order costing only a few more pounds than the standard sized equipment However flyball equipment doesn t need to be adapted for giant breeds Hurdles are a maximum 12in high and a flyball box is suitable for dogs of all sizes Mo might thoroughly enjoy flyball but when training pay particular attention to how she hits the box to eject the ball You might need to steady her as she gets near to the box this will minimise any high impact soft tissue injury to her shoulders As with all training it should be and can be great fun for both you and your dog whatever the size Q I m considering trying some new activities with my dog he s a collie cross and very athletic I m thinking about trying flyball which they do at my local club It looks fun but I know very little about the rules Can you explain it to me A Flyball is a fun social activity for both dogs and owners Many people find the speed and excitement of the dogs jumping over the small hurdles very thrilling and rewarding to watch All breeds and sizes of dogs can take part in this

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