Dog obedience is one sport that most pet owners will have a passing familiarity to as many are first introduced to the sport when their dogs are young by attending a local training class for obedience. There is, however, a large community of avid dog trainers who compete in the sport of obedience and a closer examination of the sport can show us just how physically demanding the sport of obedience can be for our dogs!
In this week blog, I breakdown the sport of obedience, explain what it is, the physical demands it places on our dogs, and how conditioning can play a role in the obedience dog’s performance.
When I first started out in canine conditioning, I made a lot of mistakes! I made even more when I started circuit training! I had a bunch of questions – how many reps should I be doing in a session, what’s the best equipment to use, how do I structure the circuit, how do I know when my dog is tired and more!! When first starting out with a new exercise it’s not uncommon to have uncertainty and questions. Making mistakes are to be expected as we learn. Remember that a mistake is only a failure if we refuse to learn from it!
I recently launched a new edition to my popular Do More From Home circuit series so I thought I would take some time this week to review some of the most common circuit mistakes I made when first starting out.
Is there something you just hate to train even though it’s a necessary skill? For me, it’s the back up. Whenever I have to train it, I really have to dig down and find the motivation to do so. For me, training the backup is not an inherently exciting activity and that’s okay! Not everything we’ll do in life will be fun or exciting and sometimes we’ll have to find other ways to stay motivated on achieving these goals.
In today’s blog we’ll take a look at my top four tips to staying motivated and focussed on achieving our training and conditioning goals.