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Problem Behaviours and Agility Dogs

We specialise in diagnosing and resolving issues surrounding dogs that regularly take part in competitive agility.

We can help with dogs that seem to shut down in the ring, or in contrast seem completely crazy; dogs that bite handlers on the way round the course; dogs that have problems queueing; dogs that leave the ring - the list seems to be endless.

It is particularly important that an agility handler understands the world that dogs live in.

A dog's sensory world is vastly different to our own. Try to imagine what it must be like to be able to move your ears independently, see what is going on alongside and behind you without turning your head and smell a teaspoon of sugar in an olympic sized swimming pool!

Things to remember

Humans are more sensitive to taste, with around 9000 taste buds as compared with only 1700 for the dog, but a dog's sense of smell is between 10,000 and a 100,000 times greater than ours. Treats that have an attractive smell are winners over treats that a human would describe as tasty.

A dog sees colour as shades of blue, grey, yellow and brown. Reds and greens are not well distinguished. When your dog runs past the red ball in the grass and then has to use his nose to find it, maybe he just couldn't see it?

A dog's vision is very different to ours. It's purpose is to spot movement, not see detail. Peripheral vision is much greater and movement can usually be see ½ mile away. You may be some way behind your agility dog, but he can still see you, keep those arm movements consistent!

Long-nosed dogs see detail in a clear strip a long way left and right of their noses, but the view above and below the strip is hazy. When you next meet a long nosed dog that doesn't seem to like tunnels - remember what they see. Short-nosed or flat-faced dogs have a rounded field of detail vision much like a human.

Dogs can hear sounds at a much greater distance than us and at a much higher frequency. High pitched voices might sound silly to us, but they are normal for dogs.