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Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #7 Warm Up and Cool Down

Posted on 09/18/16 3 Comments

Agility Trial Success Tip #7: Proper warm ups for dog and handler are often what makes the difference between success and faults in any agility run.

However often this part of agility gets ignored.  Knowing that an athlete will stay warmed up for about 30 minutes (depending up the temperature), I split warms ups between myself and my dog appropriately… on average it takes 20 minutes. Doing your best requires a focused and purposeful warm up for both athletes… make a plan at home, practice it every time you train so it becomes a routine both you and your dog are familiar with!


“Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Today I am grateful for all the knowledge we have about warming up, and cooling down, so I can keep my dogs and myself in the best possible state to step up to the start line.

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  1. Clare Owings says:
    Monday, October 9, 2017 at 3:46pm

    Can you post more on warm up and cool down exercises for obedience. I only allow one dog before I get my dog out to warm up and enter the ring. What suggestions do you have for warming up before a obedience competition?


  2. Fiona stewart says:
    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 5:28am

    Can you post tips from queue to going over first jump too..


    • Gill says:
      Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:03am

      I agree, that would be very useful. I also need some tips on keeping my dog focused in the queue… there are so many interesting smells there and I hate them to go ff sniffing, I usually end up picking them up as I have smallish dogs but that’s not ideal… though they do get pumped up watching the previous dogs’ runs!!


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