Does Your Puppy Have Dog Agility Potential

I donít know if youíve thought about it but not all dogs have dog agility potential. And thatís okay. If youíre really interested in trying agility with your dog you may find that the particular breed youíre raising is suitable for dog agility training - or maybe not. Sometimes itís just the breed of dog, but more often than not itís the puppy or dog itself who must be individually assessed for true agility potential.

Each puppy within the litter will have a different temperament - different interests and likes and dislikes. Just like with people. But if youíre seriously considering buying a puppy based on its ability to train for the sport of dog agility, then youíll want to do more than focus on just one individual puppy test.

Testing for a puppy's agility training potential should be carried out by a trained professional who is experienced in this kind of analysis if you're not exactly sure what you're looking for. If you really want to understand the results of any kind of puppy testing a trained dog professional will understand how to truly assess your puppy. However, if you are really good with dogs yourself and know what you're doing then you can probably do the testing yourself.


It might even take multiple tests to determine if a puppy has true dog agility potential. Think about it for a moment - not only can a one-time only test mislead you into believing a puppy does not have what it takes to train successfully, it could also lead you to believe that it is an agility "phenom" depending on the outcome.

Sometimes a puppy will display a characteristic one day that makes you feel he would adapt well to training, and then again it may never surface again. Who knows - if you base everything on the results of only one test then you may find later that your puppy just had a really good, or bad, day the day you tested it.

If you want to pick out a puppy for dog agility training, watch your prospects carefully - their routines, their reactions, how they play, etc. for signs of their potential. There are many things to take into consideration too such as alertness, the testing area, hunger, and more because the attention of the dog or puppy will be vastly different deoending on each of these factors.

You'll also want to choose a puppy that submits to your commands easily and doesn't fight back or make it difficult during grooming or mini training sessions. These are great ways to determine if your little puppy has true dog agility potential. If there is always one puppy who sticks out as first in line for everything – the food or water bowl, the door to go outside, or the chance to get some attention from its handler then that's another thing to take into consideration.

So, whether you already have a puppy or are looking to get a puppy to participate in dog agility with, just keep in mind a few of the tips above and youíll be well on your way to deciding whether or not that the sport of dog agility is really in your future as a team.

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