The main benefit to agility training for your pet is that it can help eliminate behavioral issues that may be occurring due to depression, boredom, apathy or other mental health disorders. However, when dogs feel as though they have a purpose, they place all of their focus on the task in front of them.
Studies have shown that mental stimulation, combined with physical exercise is beneficial to a dog’s overall health and well-being. Your dog will have to be able to think and respond quickly to demands, this is the perfect sport to channel your dog’s energy and keep his focused, stimulated and interested.
Your dog is not the only one who will be getting a lot of exercise. This is a sport that is physically demanding for both the canine and the handler. Even though you will not be performing the actual tasks, you will have to keep up with your dog along the course.
You will need to make sure that both of you are healthy to compete. Schedule an appointment with your physician, and also schedule a vet appointment for your pooch. A complete physical will reveal whether your dog has any structural issues that may be exacerbated by rigorous physical activity. If your dog is diagnosed with joint problems, you may want to reconsider agility training.