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Arizona Dog Sports - Dog Training Phoenix

Updated on June 21, 2010

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Sport Dog Training Options for You and Your Canine

There are a myriad of classes available that can help you in training your dogs either for sport or just as a way to teach obedience...or even build on the relationship with your pup. Any of these classes where you continue working together with your canine will help re-affirm the bond you have with your four-legged friend.

A premier facility called Arizona Dog Sports, "a gym for dogs", is dog training Phoenix and it's surrounding areas by providing a number of these types of classes all in one location.

For us dog owners, this may be the next biggest thing since the creation of peanut butter as a way to provide a lot of fun and exercise for our canine friend while building that bond between your pup and you, and making life a whole lot easier on ourselves because of its convenience.

Look for a place like this in your neighborhood where classes are offered such as:

Puppy Class- for puppies 6 months to a year

Recall Workshop - have your dog come when he is called

Canine Good Citizen - Certification Class

Jumping 101 - Training on agility jumps while on the ground

Jumping 201 - Training on actual agility jump equipment

Teeter Woes - Working on the agility teeter with confidence

Weaving 2X2 - Weave poll training

Introduction to Board Work - Introduces you and your dog to agility board work

T-Touch - a unique approach to animal training and care

and much more.....



Video for Teaching Your Pet About the Contact Equipment in Agility Training

How to Train a Timid Dog to be more Self Confident

Have you discovered that your dog is not himself or shy around other individuals or pooches? Is he distraught around unfamiliar or startling sounds? Sport explicit training such as dog herding, tracking, fly ball, Schutzhund, and junior showmanship just to name a few, will give the element and framework that will build confidence in your canine. Agility training is the sample we’ll utilize to instruct for this purpose.

Now having said that, while any sport classes furnish an awesome opportunity for you as an owner to get to know the sport and how to teach it, your canine buddy may not be as eager to jump in. He may feel quite satisfied resting under your chair or on your lap for a while before he is prepared to get started. This merely means that the manner in which you implement the training just has to begin slow.

See, just like many people, dogs have comfort zones and if your "kid" is anxious or shy, it's best for him to learn within that area. Because of that, his education should commence there where he feels secure. In addition, the aspect of the agility sport must be taught in bite-sized increments. That being the case, it is highly likely the optimal place for the instruction to happen will likely be at home.

This brings us to to the subsequent question. How do I educate my canine at home? First, you’ll require a few instructions on the “how to” as well as dos and don’t of agility. You’ll also require some agility equipment. Luckily, there are multiple websites and sport dog training businesses that can furnish you with excellent details regarding agility instruction. In addition, there are a lot of videos and books on the subject that furnish details, visual aids, and even lesson plans about this subject. And they cover all skill levels from beginners to experts.

Having some agility training equipment at your home will prove to be useful. In obtaining this equipment, you can build it yourself, purchase it, or even rent it at certain businesses.

What equipment you choose to use depends upon the space you have available and location where you will train. For example, how big is your yard? Can it hold 6, 8, or 10 obstacles? Can equipment stay set up or does it need to be taken down after every training lesson?

The security of the equipment is significant since your anxious dog needs to feel safe while being active with it. A great manner to start with stable equipment is to utilize an adjustable pause table set at 12” to start. This is a good beginning for any size of dogs.

Realizing that your pup is shy and timid, it's important to put that table up in an area that is known well by the dog. If he barks at unfamiliar things, begin with the pause table in the home so he can get comfortable with it. He’ll inspect it and smell it on his own or with a little coaxing. Remember though, not to put a huge amount of anxiety on your dog buddy by making him accept the table. After all, little steps work best with an unsure little one.

Using treats in a bowl or by putting his favorite toy on the table will help entice him to jump up on it. Be patient as this step itself may take a little time and multiple lessons. If over time the treats or toy don’t do the trick, attempt to hold him while sitting on the table. With a bigger dog that can’t be held, sit on the table and have him on a leash. If he backs away, try wooing him back to you but be sure to only commend or treat him when he comes to you. Treating or rewarding him when he’s backing away sends him a wrong message.

Given time and the right training, eventually your kid will jump up the table with only your cue word. When you announce, "box", “table”, “mesa”, or whatever word you’ve chosen as your cue, he should hop up on the table. Continued training will teach him to stay on the table as you back away and then come when you call him. As with the other training, very small steps here means the distance built between the two of you in this step is increased slowly.

Contact trainer equipment is a good transition from the pause table for your shy dog. The contact trainer is made in various designs. However, a 3-piece contact trainer with a mini A-frame side, a pause table, and mini dog-walk side is highly recommended. With this equipment, your little one can sit on the pause table and then be woo’d down the A-frame or dog-walk side. Moreover, training in small increments avoids the chance of overwhelming your four-legged friend resulting in him to shut down.

Adhering to these techniques to acquaint your dog buddy to agility training and working with new obstacles will cause him to be successful. And as your dog conquers each new piece of equipment, you’ll get excited as you see his confidence rise.

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