What is Agility?
An animal that is quick and nimble is said to be agile. Agility depends a great deal on healthy supple joints, muscles and cartilage. An agile cat or dog is less likely to sustain sudden injury while playing, and is also less susceptible to degenerative joint disease later in life.
Exercise is a great way to keep pets agile. Agility is also judged in dog shows. Agility is a sport designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations – as an athletic event it requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork! Agility is one of the fastest growing dog sports in the United States and is the fastest growing event at the AKC.
Help for Agility
Animal owners have long sought a healthy natural way to promote agility and control performance anxiety. Natural herbal and homeopathic ingredients can promote concentration and ease of movement, gently and without the risk of side effects.
Gotu kola is a well-known nerve and memory tonic used to support balance and harmony in the brain, as well as routine mental clarity. Rosmarinus officinalis is an all round tonic and energizer – helping to support patterns of alertness – especially vital in a competitive arena.
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Tips related to agility:
Agility is not for every dog! Nevertheless, here are some tips for agility training:
- Your pup should be fully grown before attempting agility training – for most dogs this is at age 18 months to two years.
- Don’t spend more than twenty minutes at a time training your pet. Your pet will not learn if they are forced – if concentration wanes, take a break and play for a while.
- Practice one obstacle at a time – start with an easy obstacle then progress to weaving.
- After teaching the first obstacle, give a treat. Next, lengthen the obstacle – your pet will know a treat is coming. Don’t give treats at the end of every obstacle.
- Vary where you teach the agility – at a show there is a lot of commotion and noise, so anything learnt in a quiet yard might be forgotten. After the course is learnt, vary the surroundings – perhaps a fenced field near a busy road. Next try an audience of family and friends – soon noise and distractions won’t matter!