Dog Agility Training Lewiston ME

Local resource for dog agility training sessions in Lewiston, ME. Here you will find local listings for dog agility training classes/trainers in your area that help train your dog for agility courses and competitions. Agility training for dogs can be an outlet for excess energy the dog may have and can also provide a form of obedience training.

Tree frog Farm Dog Training & Agility
(207) 837-1613
No. Yarmouth, ME
Services
Aggression, Agility, Behavioral Consultation, Cgc Training, Clicker Training, Fun Games, Group Training, Private Lessons, Private Training
Membership Organizations
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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Goodog Pet Care and Training
(207) 865-6558
Freeport, ME
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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The Center for Canine Excellence
(207) 653-0993
Freeport, ME
Membership Organizations
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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Canine Behavior Counseling, LLC
(207) 829-6043
Cumberland, ME
Services
Aggression, Behavioral Consultation, Cgc Training, Clicker Training, Group Training, Private Lessons, Private Training
Membership Organizations
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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Whole Dog Camp
(207) 766-2390
Portland, ME
Services
Aggression, Agility, Assistance Service Dog, Behavioral Consultation, Cgc Training, Clicker Training, Fun Games, Group Training, Private Lessons, Private Training, Rally
Membership Organizations
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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Happy Paws @ Unleashed Modern Pet Care Solutions
(207) 725-7990
Topsham, ME
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Ms. Marie L. Gagnon
(207) 539-9188
188 Scribner Hill Road
Otisfield, ME

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Pet Connection Dog Training
(207) 252-9352
North Yarmouth, ME
Services
Akc Partner, Behavioral Consultation, Clicker Training, Fun Games, Group Training, Private Lessons, Private Training
Membership Organizations
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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In Tune Pups
(207) 342-3589
Montville, ME
Services
Agility, Clicker Training, Fun Games, Group Training, Private Training
Membership Organizations
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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Wag It Training Center and Dog Club
(207) 789-5126
Lincolnville, ME
Services
Agility, Akc Obedience, Behavioral Consultation, Cgc Training, Clicker Training, Fun Games, Group Training, Private Lessons, Private Training, Rally
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The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

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Dog Agility Training Tips

By: Kathryn Soloff

The question is just who needs dog agility training? Isn't it true that dogs are just naturally fit and agile, able to run, jump, chase Frisbees and balls.

The truth in part is that dogs are naturally gifted athletes by their very nature. Most dogs have very muscular bodies in proportion to their weight. Because of this they are able to run very fast, jump high (you ought to see Mandy, our German Sheppard), and perform many types of spectacular stunts. The fact is, however, that dog agility training involves more than just training a dog to run or jump.

Dog agility training involves teaching your dog how to perform particular stunts and tasks on your command. It may include improving their time over an obstacle course. You can also teach them how to perform certain stunts in a special manner.

The type of dog agility training to which I refer would typically apply to show dogs. Show dogs need to run, jump or keep a certain pace according to to the show's requirements. Besides that, those dogs also need to keep in step with their owner or trainer. They have to be able to follow an obstacle course in a specific order.

Your dog being able to learn how to perform all these things is only half the experience. Your dog needs to learn how to do these skills in a certain way, at a specific speed and when give a hand signal or a vocal command.

It is always fun to watch dogs who have undergone dog agility training. Before you embark on training your pet this way or consider enrolling them into a school for such training you should stop and consider certain things.

First, many schools that specialize in this type of training will only accept dogs that are at least 18 months old. Of course, there is a good reason for this. Younger dogs are still growing. If you try to force them to learn advanced or difficult tricks or routines, it is possible that you will stunt their growth or cause some long term damage.

Second, it is important to keep the dog's physical makeup in mind. It should be obvious that small breed dogs with their shorter legs cannot always perform jumps. Larger dogs, on the other hand, may have difficulty with tunnels. When you find a good school that provides dog agility training, they will take all of this into account. A good school will provide a curriculum that is appropriate to your dog's breed and size. It is important for owner's attemptimg to train their own dogs to take this same factors into consideration.

It is a common mistake to assume that dog agility training includes punishment for your dog when they do not perform as expected. Many experts say otherwise. It is much more effective to reward your dog when it performs well. Different trainers use various methods when training dogs. You can use clickers, treats or positive reenforcement for training your dog. Do your research and discover which method appeals to you. Keep in mind that dog agility training should be fun for both the dog and the owner. Dog training should not be a chore or a trauma for either one of you.

It is also important to remember that not all dogs will respond in the same way to dog agility training. The plain truth of it is that some breeds are simply too skittish or hype to respond to commands. It is important that you do not allow your expectations to spoil your friendship with your dog.

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