Agility training is fun and rewarding for small to medium dogs. You can send your dog through agility school, or you can train him on his own or even your children’s play equipment. Dogs who practice agility get to exert their excess energy and have fun doing it. If you have children, they will always have a playmate in your dog, especially if you teach your dog to play on a playset.
Design your own set and create a dream backyard for your pup or get a playset your dog can run, jump, and play on alone, in a group, or even with you or your kids. Playsets that focus on agility and play for dogs often have tunnels, inclines, declines, high platforms for climbing, and even balance bars. With a bit of building experience, you can make a playset for everyone in your family to enjoy and train your furry friend to play on it.
Whether you have an entire set now or are bringing in pieces to see how your dog adapts to each new skill, you’ll have to introduce each section to him one at a time. Some of these pieces will be more challenging than others, and your little guy may have to develop strength or skill to master the agility required to play on the set. This training will need to be fun and exciting but also rewarding. Though some dogs will run along having fun, others may need more motivation to continue facing challenges.
Think about your playset or how you plan to design your set and consider your dog’s needs if possible. He’ll need to know where he can play, where he can dig while playing, where he can go potty away from the set, where he can get water, and what your expectations are with the playset. To get him to play, make this an area where he wants to be.