Shelter Dogs and Agility

Dogs coming out of shelters often have a number of issues. Frequently they lack confidence, have little to no body awareness, and may not even know how to learn. By starting to interact with a shelter dog through basic foundation agility, dogs progress quickly as they learn to play on low equipment. The first skill I usually teach a dog is how to put his front feet up on a pedestal (rubber feed pan.) This is taught by shaping the behavior, allowing the dog the freedom to experiment, make mistakes and figure out how to earn a reward. Once the dog is proficient at getting up on the pedestal, the next step is learning how to maneuver his hind legs around the bowl without taking his front feet o

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