Sharing your adventures with a trusty canine companion can be a magical experience but have you ever thought of taking it to the next level and training for competition? Anyone who has ever watched Crufts will know that there are a whole host of different doggy disciplines to compete in and there’s no time like to present to start! At The Insurance Emporium, we want to try and help you and your dog bring home some rosettes! Check out our guide on training for competition!
Before you take part in official competitions, you’ll want to make sure that your dog is registered with the event organiser to compete. UK Agility has over 14,000 competitors registered so could be an option. Your pup must also be over six months of age to compete.
Training can be quite demanding for your pooch so making sure that they’re fit and healthy before getting into a regime could be vital. If you’re in doubt as to whether your doggy can handle training, there’s never any harm in discussing it with a vet!
Pick your discipline
There are all kinds of different events to get involved in with your pup, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking one. Whether you want to be awesome at agility or ‘own it’ at obedience, you’ll need to pick one!
Join a club
When it comes to getting started, there are various clubs and courses around the UK where you can learn the skills that you might need to get into competing, the Dogs Trust Dog School classes could be a good start. A club could also be the ideal place to enter into some Exemption Shows for practice.
Commit to it!
It’s not all easy once you’ve joined a club, they aren’t going to do the hard work for you! You’ll learn the skills needed to train your dog but it’ll be down to you to stick with it and get in daily sessions to sharpen your skills.
Dogs need you to be consistent in your behaviours and commands. If you decide to change your hand signals every time you train then your poor pooch will be left confused.
No hablo Ingles!
This might surprise you but dogs don’t actually speak English… they speak Italian. Not really! Dogs do actually understand your tone of voice and body movements however, so keeping this in mind could be vital.
Gimme some lovin’
Giving your dog all the encouragement that they need could be vital in training. If you start to lose your patience then take a little break. Also, make sure you give them lots of praise and contact to show your appreciation.
Stick with it!
Learning any new skill can be tough at times and requires a lot of perseverance. Making sure that you don’t give up could be key to overcoming the frustrating times. Every dog will take to training at a different speed, just keep going!
Training for competition takes hard work and commitment but could be an amazing adventure for you and your pet pooch! Whilst you’re getting active with your dog you might also want to consider purchasing some insurance for dogs in order to cover you if anything goes awry. At The Insurance Emporium, our Dog Insurance policies include a 20% Introductory Discount* and include Vet’s Fees up to £8,000^. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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