Is Agility Dangerous?

July 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Do you know what you're asking your dog to do?

These are a few images from steeplechase at UKA Phoenix (May 2014).

Some dogs don't always realise that they need to control their speed on different surfaces or weather conditions. Unfortunately this can lead to injury, so please be careful!

Some ways to avoid falling and injuries for your dog:

  • Deceleration work with your dog - teach them to read your footsteps and know when to slow down for corners and slippy situations.
    More info: http://baddogagility.com/category/acceleration-deceleration/
  • Grid work - teach your dog where it's feet are!
    More info: Grid work is when jumps are set to a lower height and are close enough together to encourage the dog to bounce jump, speak to your training about different set ups.
  • Warm up and cool down routines - just giving them a gentle rub down and a little walk around the rings is better than running them straight from the car / caravan. Tugging play is NOT a good warm up. If your dog has a fall after it's been warmed up it's much less likely to cause damage!
    More info: http://www.agilitynet.co.uk/health/practicaladviceformaintenanceandpreventionofinjury_lizharris.html
  • Regular muscle and chiropractic check ups - you might not have noticed anything's wrong, but there could be something brewing, it's always best to check!
    More info: We know of quite a few different places and people, send us a message and we can try and get you in touch with a local practitioner, also if you are a practitioner please let us know!

 


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