Last week we went to the dog park for some family fun with our fur baby Nanis. As our summer is mega super hot, we try and go after 6pm. I think our entire neighborhood has the same idea because the park is full at sunset which makes for a great time to make new furry friends. Besides socializing, my human baby decided it was time to get Nanis to start training for an agility dog course. His inspiration came from the obstacles available in the park which incidentally is divided for large and small dogs. I must say this first try did not go as expected, but it did not dissuade our human baby who over the weekend visited the vet to get some Tips to Train Your Small Dog for An Agility Course.
Tips to Train Your Small Dog for An Agility Course.
- Dog health: is your dog in conditions to run, jump and withstand exercise?
- Dog personality: does your dog like to run, jump and get physical
- Different surfaces and terrains: once the two first points are determined, then get pooch acquainted with different surfaces and materials to walk on.
- Does your dog get along with other dogs? While the course will be a teamwork of you and your dog, as others compete your Fido will be surrounded by other dogs at all times
- Learn how you and Fido must approach each task or obstacle
- Find out what motivates your dog and always remember positive reinforcement and rewards
- Does poochie follow directions well? How do your communicate with each other?
While not every dog is destined for agility obstacle course glory, it might be fun to experiment together on it. But, if it is not meant for you, there are plenty of other great ways to take advantage of your dog park and your time together 🙂
The Importance of a Dog Park
Agility obstacles or not, the dog park is quite important for Nanis because it is a place where she can run (or not) happy and content, socialize and exercise. Not only our furry baby, but dog owners can also bond at pooch parks 🙂 . This is why we are so happy/proud of Beneful and their sixth (6) year working toward the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project. The program started out as a contest.
The winning community is provided a Dream Dog Park renovation each year since the program begun. This year, the goal is to support a total of 12 parks through donation, service days, etc., in partnership with GoFundMe to help further the mission which gives dog park organizers a platform to create campaigns for our local dog parks, raise awareness and funds for improvements, or to help increase funding to get a new park off the ground. Interested? Get all the tools you need to start right here: Beneful where you can also get expert tips on dog park renovation materials and lay equipment, dog park etiquette, and pet safety.
What is your or your furry baby’s favorite activity at your local dog park? If you don’t have a dog park around you, how about using the Beneful Dream Dog Park project tools to get one?