Potential Puppy Assessment for Dog Agility Training

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Potential Puppy Assessment for Dog Agility Training

Bericht van Danny op do 5 nov 2009 - 3:30

As you might guess, not all breeds of dogs are suitable for training in dog agility. In fact, many owners have had high hopes and dreams of their dog performing heroic jumps and maneuvering through complicated puzzles only to find that their beloved dog is simply not interested. Therefore, it is paramount that owners properly assess their dogs for dog agility training while they’re still young. This will prevent them from becoming disappointed and frustrated. In this article, we will teach you the importance of assessing your puppy for dog agility training and how to go about it.

Just like people, all dogs are different and there are different temperaments within each and every litter. Some puppies are playful and rambunctious, whereas others are quiet and enjoy solitude. Therefore, when you’re choosing a puppy and want to train him, you should keep this in mind. Most successful trainers perform a multitude of tests to decide if their puppy may be able to succeed with agility training. Just remember to give each puppy a round of tests to evaluate them on a broad range of characteristics. This is because one may test favorably on one test and quite badly on three more, whereas another puppy may perform badly on one test but great on the other three. Therefore, you shouldn’t make assumptions based on one test only.

Next, you should hire a trained professional in the field of dog agility to test your puppy to see if he might benefit from puppy agility training. A neutral profession will be able to evaluate the entire litter of puppies equally. If you decide to test them yourself, you should give each puppy the same opportunity to perform. Make special notice of their exact testing readiness, alertness, and willingness to participate. Also, take into account whether they’re hungry or tired. A puppy that has just woken up from a nap or recently fed will test differently than one that is a hungry and sleepy puppy.

Then, you should evaluate your opinions and formulate a preliminary finding. Once you’ve done this, you should ask the breeder or person who has raised the puppies to provide their perception of which puppy would make a good candidate. After all, they know the puppy best and can provide valuable insight into their personality and suitability for dog agility training. In addition, evaluate the puppy’s lineage to determine if their parents or relatives successfully performed in any dog agility training competitions. In addition, you could evaluate the puppy’s parents and their ability to jump to help you determine if your puppy will be able to easily handle jumping when they’re older.

In conclusion, if you’re serious about dog agility training and are purchasing a puppy, you should evaluate them carefully before making a decision. Although taking along a personal agility trainer to assist you is the best option, by evaluating each puppy and comparing your findings with those of the breeder, you should be able to make a great choice.


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