Practical Parkour Dog, so called because this class is actually a fusion of obedience, agility, fitness and tricks all in one-and it is convenient, accessible and fun for anyone! Dogs and humans of all ages and abilities can enjoy this activity, and humans need no fancy footwork or running. Add more fun to your everyday walks and hikes. Your dog will gain confidence and learn to function and focus in any environment while you enjoy quality time together. This class is all about making the most of training, fun and relationship, wherever you go!
- Safety first-because there are no extremes here, and we will be following the rules of the International Dog Parkour Association where safety is priority.
- Practical agility-because you work with whatever the environment provides, with no need for speed or expensive equipment. Learn to safely use what is convenient and available for training, fun and fitness!
- Obedience because we will be teaching behaviors on cue with a variety of obstacles. Your dog will learn to focus and function in any environment, because it is FUN!
- Fitness because body awareness is an integral part of this class
- Tricks because it’s ALL tricks anyway!
Exercises will include body targeting, over, under, climb, balance, go around by direction, get in, between, stay/wait, come here (call off), off, onto (with 4 paws and 2 paws), retrieving, and more. Priorities are safety, function, fitness and most of all FUN, with a big dose of creativity!
As an organized sport based on an art form, Parkour is designed to be non-competitive. But titling is currently available by video through the International Dog Parkour Association. So if titling is your goal, we can cover that in class too!
Here is an example of some novice level exercises with one of my dogs, Flash: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ozFL1S3fwBY
Practical Parkour Dog classes will be held in Harrisonburg VA. Time and dates TBA. If you would like to be on the email list for this class notification, send email to Char, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligibility and Prerequisites: Dogs must have successfully completed a basic obedience class and be able to work safely around other dogs and humans. A comfortable walking harness will be required (not a “no-pull” harness). Most work can be done on leash or long line, with no leash at more advanced levels.