Have you ever tried agility with your dogs?
When Atka was a baby, we took him to puppy socialization classes. Almost every class we would do confidence building with the puppies by teaching them how to use the agility equipment. I hadn’t expected Atka to do well with agility (he’s easily spooked and not very agile), but he surprised me with his ability!
I got to thinking… maybe I should sign Atka up for an agility class. He won’t get through the course quickly or with the most finesse, but if he’s enjoying it that should be all that matters. I researched agility classes in our area and only found one place that offered agility. I had heard great things about this place, so I decided to stop in and check them out.
A really friendly, older women greeted me and showed me where the agility classes take place. After chatting for a bit, she asked what kind of dog I had. I responded that I had a Great Pyrenees and she basically laughed in my face.
“A Great Pyrenees doing agility?! Now that would be a sight! Never in a million years did I think a pyr would be able to do agility.”
I’m sure it will come as no surprise that we decided not to do agility there. The trainer just didn’t seem very welcoming and I later found out that they require choke chains for classes. I’m not comfortable with that style of training and she was pretty adamant that choke collars must be used.
There’s a good chance we will be moving in the next year so hopefully I can find a good agility center! While Atka knows how to use the agility equipment, I think Mauja would do really well. She is much more agile and quick. I just need to get her to an agility place so I can see if she would even enjoy it!
I think agility is a great way to exercise and bond with your dog, regardless of the breed. If you and your dog are both having fun, that’s all that matters! What do you think? Have you ever tried agility with your dog?
Check out this pyr practicing her agility skills!