The German Shepherd in Agility
Agility is both fun and challenging for German Shepherds and their handlers.
Agility offers you and your dog a great way to learn how to build
a working relationship and bond. Both handler and dog must work together in order
to successfully navigate the courses.
Agility also offers you a way to train and exercise your dog
at the same time. Helping to keep your German Shepherd in tip top shape extends
the life of your dog too.
One of the benefits of getting involved in agility is it is
easier to find a club, training center, or trainer that offers agility classes
or individual instruction. Both the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel
Club offer sanctioned agility trials.
German Shepherds Excel at Agility
As with all dog sports there are always going to be "the breeds"
that people choose. Agility is no exception and the vast majority of agility
dogs are Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and other fast herding breeds
like the Blue Heeler. That does not mean the German Shepherd is sum slug easily
German Shepherds are fast, agile, intelligent, and a lot more
nimple on their toes than some people give them credit far. Agility helps
highlight the athletic ability of the breed.
Agility requires both the handler and the dog to be in tune with
one another. The German Shepherds handler oriented personality gives you the
advantage over independent breeds or breeds that are known for being "hard headed."
Of course you need to be in shape and have the basics of training
down before you get started too.
Getting Started in Agility
Agility clubs and training centers are quite easy to find
throughout the world. Here is a list of online resources to help you
The United States Dog Agility Association
North American Dog Agility Council
American Kennel Club Agility Information
United Kennel Club Agility Information
Make your own agility course for fun with the following 5 Piece Agility Sets.
To check out Agility 5-piece Starter Set #1 click here.
To check out Agility 5-piece Starter Set #2 (w/Tire Jump) click here.
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