Introducing your dog to agility

Lukas being stimulated to jump with a toy

Lukas being stimulated to jump with a toy

We realized that our rescued dog Lukas seemed to enjoy agility. This happened because each time we went into the dog park, he would enjoy going up and down the platform.

Lukas coming down the platform when asked followed by a treat

Lukas coming down the platform when asked followed by a treat

We also noted that he enjoyed chasing and jumping high to reach thrown toys. So then we thought, let’s see if he likes agility.

For this purpose we tried different available facilities in public areas, which had agility. Luckily and very thoughtful of Finnish public municipalities, there are dog parks that have agility. So there we went. Below you can see several pictures of Lukas enjoying his first approach to agility.

Lukas going through the weave fixed poles

Lukas going through the weave fixed poles

We used several different toys and treats to stimulate Lukas into the different challenges. Each time an action succeeded we would introduce a corresponding cue and always a reward with either a toy or a treat.

We end this post with several videos. Enjoy!

Trying now with a toy the weave fixed poles. The toy was more motivating :D

Trying now with a toy the weave fixed poles. The toy was more motivating 😀

Jumping with the help of a treat for motivation

Jumping with the help of a treat for motivation

Trying to motivate the jum with toy, taking its time :P

Trying to motivate the jump with toy and enjoying some tug of war 😀

Going up the platform and being able to sit and give paw! Nice Lukas!!

Going up the platform and being able to sit and give paw! Nice Lukas!!

Motivating going up a high platform with toy

Motivating going up a high platform with toy

Motivating going up a high platform with another toy

Motivating going up a high platform with another toy

Climbing a high platform

Climbing a high platform

Motivated with treat to jump with a friend

Motivated with treat to jump with a friend

Up the platform

Up the platform

and down the platform

and down the platform

Lukas enjoying our friend agility training!

Lukas enjoying agility training with a friend 🙂

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