Kilo tries Dog Agility
I finally took Kilo down to Pawsway Toronto and let him try Agility for the first time. They have an on-leash beginner program with an instructor and basic course set up most afternoons. You pay only $2.50. We were incredibly lucky. There was no one else there so we had a private lesson and no other dogs to upset him.
It was a dream for Kilo. He got lots of high value treats and praise, he had my undivided attention and he got to do what he loves – run, jump and climb.
He was amazing. He did not mind the instructor/stranger as he was too busy getting treats and having fun with me. He showed no fear and raced up and down ramps, then mastered the see-saw right away (they had a sand bag for timid dogs but the instructor took it out after one go and he ran over it without even looking back). He jumped over the low jumps and through hoops, back and forth, as though he’d been training for months. He posed proudly after each success- so cute.
I had a tiny bit of trouble with the weave at first, managing the leash, his treat and moving back wards as fast as him. He had trouble understanding why he should weave around poles when it would have been faster to go straight to the end and get a treat, but he got it eventually.
We decided not to do the tunnel this time as it would have meant the instructor taking him to one end, away from me, and letting go of his leash and hoping he would run forward through it – none of us were too keen on the idea.
A few people arrived to watch from behind a barrier and he was fine. He even did a few of his new tricks like High 5 and Dance for them. I find that doing tricks for treats calms him down and distracts him from anything he might otherwise react to, even on walks.
I’ll be taking him back, maybe even as soon as today. It was wonderful mental and physical exercise for him. I’ll also be looking for somewhere fully enclosed so he can safely try off leash once he has had a few more practises. Happy Fit Dog Friday
For More on all of the Benefits of Agility Click HERE