Heather Adams, KPA CTP, CBATI, talks about the sport of agility and how it can help dogs learn to focus, as well as gain self-control and confidence, while providing a fun outlet for dog/owner teams. Whether you use agility for fun or join the competitive side of the sport, it offers huge benefits that go beyond having a good time running around the ring. Heather discusses how she incorporates agility training with clients’ dogs that have certain behavior issues, as a means for long term positive change. She talks about getting started in the sport, what to look for in a trainer, when to start your dog, what type of training is required, and realistic expectations. She also discusses the basics of agility equipment, an agility match, agility organizations, and the best way to get started.
Heather Adams, KPA CTP, CBATI, is the owner of Clever Paws, a reward based dog training and agility facility in western New York, between Buffalo and Rochester. She graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in 2008. She is a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor and uses BAT techniques in her reward based training. She is a graduate of the Teacher Certification Program at the University at Buffalo and has practical experience teaching biology and science to all age groups, in addition to over 11 years teaching people how to train and rehabilitate their dogs. Heather is uniquely qualified to help dog owners use the fun sport of agility for dogs with behavior issues.
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