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Are you a (human) Parkour fan or are you training for an obstacle course? You will probably love Dog Parkour (or Canine Parkour). Dog Parkour is a combination of human parkour and canine agility. Parkour was popularized in the last decade and involves jumping, climbing, scaling, balancing, vaulting or running through, under or on urban obstacles. Urban obstacles could be anything – park bench, wall, or playground equipment.
Your dog will develop a lot of confidence and greater agility by doing parkour. Dogs should be strong and agile enough to do this sport. Please do not force your dog to do anything they may heistate in doing. You will need to work up gradually. Have fun wtih training and throw in some tricks!
Parkour involves a lot of training for your dog. You’ll need to teach your dog basic commands to start in order to communicate to him and instruct him what to do. Treats are great to use as a reward to teach commands. Clicker training may help a lot with this sport.
There are many Parkour groups established each year, but the first competitive organization is International Dog Parkour. Dog Parkour requires that dogs never jump down from anything higher than their shoulder height.
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Activities: Parkour, Agility, Obstacle Course
Items Needed: Harness, Non-retractable Leash (recommended), Water, Poop Bags, Treats, Clicker (optional)
Safety: Please consult your vet before doing this sport, especially if your dog is a puppy,. Dogs should be mature and healty to engage in parkour activities. You will utlimately have to be the judge of what may be appropriate for your dog. You should always watch your dog on any obstacle and support him if he falls. Challenge your dog but don't overdo it. It's best not to go when it is too cold or hot. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws! Watch your footing and steer clear of wild animals. Please follow leash laws and have good recall on your dog.
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