KK9 Dog Training
Blog

Gentle Training For Dogs & The People Who Love Them

What Exactly is Meant by the Term Dog Parkour?

Published on:

Written by: Kay Williams

Dog Parkour is also referred to as Urban Agility in some circles. The dog and the person working together employ impediments encountered in the "natural" to present the dog with a mental and physical challenge as they navigate space. However, participating in dog parkour can be a lot of fun for both you and your dog, despite the fact that it probably doesn't sound very entertaining or interesting at first.

Interact with obstacles in some way

Your dog will need to engage with the obstacle in some way in order to complete a Dog Parkour course. For example, they might need to put their paws on a bench, crawl under it, or stroll along the edge of a flower bed. Behaviors such as standing on or in, jumping over, crawling under, moving around, and walking around are all examples of frequent parkour moves. When you and your dog start stringing together various parkour actions, that's when the enjoyment really starts to kick in.

Some basic training

We began off with the basics, such as putting his paws on one of those large boulders that are typically used in landscaping. The next step involved climbing to the top of a flower bed and strolling around the outside of the bed while avoiding stepping into the blooms themselves. As he got older, you should try some activities that are more challenging. If there is a section of the property where the landscaping consists of a long line of large boulders with flat tops, with some space in between each rock, you can hop from rock to rock; just hold him still on one rock, and just jump from rock to rock. As he transitions from one to the other.

Why is it Important to do a dog Parkour?

While it is a lot of fun to do with your dog, Dog Parkour is also an excellent method to build and enhance your bond with your pet. Dogs will not simply jump up on anything that they see; instead, they are trained to wait for a signal from their owner and to pay attention to both their body language and the tone of their owner's voice. This is not something that happens right away, but once it does, you will have an incredible sense of fulfillment. In addition to this, it assists in maintaining their body's strength and agility, which is especially important given their size. It doesn't matter how old or how big your dog is; as long as your veterinarian certifies that they are healthy enough to take part in parkour, you should be good to go.

Conclusion

You have to evaluate each obstacle taking into consideration your dog's level of fitness and confidence, the surrounding area, the safety of the dismount, and how you need to spot your dog in order to make sure that you both have a good time while staying safe. Parkour is also about paying attention to your dog's safety.