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Bond with Your Dog Over Agility Training


There are two different kinds of tunnels. The open tunnel is a tube through which the dog runs as fast as possible. The closed tunnel, or chute, looks like a giant wind sock. The dog must run through it in order to push up the material and exit. The “sock” of the chute should be straightened after every use to ensure the next dog that goes through doesn’t get wrapped up in the fabric.

The weave poles are challenging for dogs to learn because the weaving motion is unnatural to them. Twelve upright poles, each attached to a heavy steel base, are set out in a row. The dog must enter between the first pole and second pole from the right side, then fluidly step or hop between each pole to the end. Clean Run sanctions the “Ultimate Weave Pole Challenge,” in which the dog completes 60 weave poles.



This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 35: Mar/Apr 2006

Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by Eliza Winters | November 2 2011 |

Thanks for the great post. I have also noticed that since I bought and started using the agility equipment for dogs with my lab that we have been much closer. He is definitely becoming more obedient and responsive. I would definitely recommend the equipment to anyone who is trying to train obedience.

Submitted by Anonymous | December 20 2012 |

i do agility with my lab pearl she is 11 months old now and shes been doing it since 3 months and i am entering her in classes at Branchwater Border Collies wich i highly reccomand their so good with the dogs!!!

Submitted by Anonymous | May 31 2012 |

i have a mutt, he is a very good jumper, he is very smart, and is well trained. i now he would adore an agility course. Is there an agility course program for mutts in Texas?

Submitted by Melanie Chloe | February 7 2014 |

My dog was very lazy and spent a lot of time sitting at a place. I wanted him to play with me and be healthy and fit. I wanted him to go to parks with me in the morning but he always refused. I enrolled my dog at Cali K9 San Francisco for dog training. The trainers there made him habitual of running, and exercise by using rewards and treats. They asked me spend some time with it during the training. My dog and I developed a deep bonding during this. I am very satisfied with their training.

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