Chucking out the agility rule book
Sometimes you have to be brave, sometimes you need to completely rewrite the rule book (or even ignore the rule book) to change a dog’s life.
Meet Slade, he is a rescue greyhound that has had one hell of a life but by having a flexible approach to his agility sessions we have been able to create an engaged, curious and motivated dog that looks forward to every Monday night.
Slade’s owner is very cautious about where Slade is let off lead but our specialist training centre is the perfect environment for him. Sally has the confidence that with all the other dogs waiting in our purpose built individual pens and a completely enclosed area, Slade will be able to concentrate on whatever task he is given.
Slade, being a large dog, means that he can find the standard 60cm tunnels really hard to complete but by swapping to our 80cm hoopers tunnel (known as ‘Slade’s Tunnel’) Slade can enjoy the thrill of going through a tunnel without undue strain being put on his body.
This is just one example of the many ways in which we change what is the norm to make sure that everyone that comes to us is able to take part in whichever activity they want to.
‘We believe in the importance of an enriched and varied lifestyle for all dogs no matter age, breed or ability. To help fulfil this, we aim to provide a wide range of enrichment activities in our specialist coaching centre in Hunstrete, all taught through reward-based methods and adapted to meet the needs of each dog. We pride ourselves on offering non-competitive, fun and friendly agility as one of these activities.’
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