The sun is starting to shine, green grass is appearing and spring is finally here! The mild temperatures boost our craving for outdoor activities, and the opportunity to discover new territory with our dogs as well as new kinds of sports and game ideas.
Come springtime, most dog schools offer agility courses for beginners. Scampering over hurdles in a race against time, balancing on see-saws, creeping through tunnels and coursing through slaloms – these kinds of challenges prove to be great fun for the majority of dogs. And because their owners have to run alongside them, this helps to keep everyone fit! Agility, like most types of dog sports, involves physical fitness that strengthens the bond between a dog and his owner.
Dummy training is another great way for your dog to burn up energy. It’s the ideal form of entertainment for dogs who love retrieving games. The sport was originally created for hunting dogs but has since developed into a dog sport in its own right. In the classic approach, the dog’s owner throws a dummy and then gives his dog the command to retrieve it. Alternatively, the owner can “lose” the dummy when out walking, so that the dog has to find it first before bringing it back. With this method the owner can help his dog by using verbal commands or hand signals to guide him to the right spot – an exercise that also helps a dog learn how to heed his owner’s orders.