Dog gear needs home

Narooma Dog Training Club,  a not-for- profit branch of the Animal Welfare League NSW, is looking for a new home for its registered and fully insured agility trailer.

Can you help?

ALERT AND AGILE: Training your dog in agility is fun. Peter Nelipa and his dog Bobbie are among the growing crowd in Narooma on Saturdays.

ALERT AND AGILE: Training your dog in agility is fun. Peter Nelipa and his dog Bobbie are among the growing crowd in Narooma on Saturdays.

The trailer, which is 6x4 in size, is stacked with equipment used to train dogs in the fun activity of Agility.

Agility first appeared in England in 1978, as essentially a half-time demonstration at the famous Crufts Dog Show.

The creators based the demonstration on horse jumping competitions, with the intention of showing off the dogs’ natural speed and agility.

Dog handlers, looking for something new to do with their pets, pricked up their ears and said, “Hey, MY dog could do that!”

Thus dog Agility was born.

Agility training is all about building a common language between dog and handler.

The handler uses body language to communicate clearly and effectively with their dog to guide them safely through tunnels, over hurdles and weave between poles.

Other obstacles in a typical Agility course are the dog walk, the scramble, a see saw, and a table.

Agility is a fast growing sport for dogs and handlers, with the desirable benefit that it helps them to get fit together.

Agility also provides the kind of exercise that can actually improve a dog’s behaviour.

Peter Nelipa heads the NDTC Agility training program, designing the course and keeping all equipment up to scratch.

Dogs need to have completed basic training (NDTC Green Class) and be over nine months of age.

Most dogs are suitable for Agility, however it is not advisable to train overweight dogs or those with joint problems without first consulting your vet.

If you are interested in registering your dog for some Agility fun, or can help NDTC with a lockable, covered storage area for the agility trailer, we would love to hear from you.

Please ring Carol on 0458 953 281 or pop down to Nata Oval Narooma at 3.30pm on a Saturday afternoon to see our handlers and Instructors in action.

Animal Welfare League NSW (AWL NSW) is a registered charity that has been operating for 60 years.

“We provide expert care to surrendered, neglected and abandoned companion animal across NSW,” a spokesperson said.

Home needed.

Home needed.

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