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Training Your Boxer in Agility

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Contact Equipment   |   Tyre / Tire   |   Weave Poles
Tunnels   |   Pause Table   |   Jumping

As the sport of Agility has grown, so have the various methods and techniques for training the agility equipment.  There are many ways to train each article in agility and no doubt many more that have not been thought of yet.  Provided that positive methods are used at all times there is no real 'right' or 'wrong'.  It's just a matter of looking at all the techniques and choosing one that suits you and your particular Boxer.  Be consistent, patient, use super rewards (not bribes), and always remember to keep if fun for both yourself and your dog.  If you are not really enjoying a training session, your Boxer will know, so it's best to finish with something that he or she can do well, give a good reward, and stop the training on a happy note.

Inge with Nika competing in HollandThe Number One secret in training Agility is to remember that your Boxer is NEVER wrong.  Sure, things might go wrong but it's not your Boxer's fault.  It's only a game.  If you don't let yourself get in the habit of 'blaming the dog' (or weather, or equipment, or your trainer, or the judge, or alignment of the stars), you will be well ahead in the game.  Even if you think it's really and truly your Boxer's fault, they are still not to blame,  after all they are only human ;).  Your Boxer's agility performance is your responsibility and your responsibility alone.

It's your job to build confidence in your Boxer, to allow them to have fun, to build their drive for agility, to allow them to think for themselves when negotiating a course, and to keep upbeat and be the centre of their universe when training.  With consistency, patience, love and laughter, you and your Boxer can enjoy agility as a great working team, regardless of hiccups in training or on the course.
 

Contact Equipment   |   Tyre / Tire   |   Weave Poles
Tunnels   |   Pause Table   |   Jumping

    

Libby from Semper Fi Boxers practicing the weave poles

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