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With handy transport bag, space-saving storage, incl. booklet with tips and tricks for optimal training. Dogs are very playful and intelligent animals. Channel their energy and curiosity into something positive with the trixie agility basic tunnel. It is a fun, healthy, and challenging activity. Dogs enter the tunnel through a round stable opening before running through the durable, structured nylon tunnel. Suitable for beginners, puppies and small breed dogs.
1. Always warm up before starting any sports. This could be a little bit of running or some easy exercises.
2. Never train on a full stomach or feed your dog just after the training. Small snacks as a reward are allowed.
3. Slowly increase the tasks your dog should perform and do not expect too much of him.
4. Adjust the sport to suit your dog and please consider the breed, age, capabilities and size of your dog.
5. Plan in extra time for breaks during the training, so that your dog does not overexert himself and continues to have fun. Always ensure that your dog has access to drinking water and let him catch his breath after drinking.
6. Remember that the training should always end on a positive note with a feeling of success.
The fitness training can begin:
If your dog is not accustomed to training with the tunnel, start with a length of no longer than 1 m in a straight line. Fill the bags included with sand and place them over the tunnel with sufficient spaces between them so that the tunnel is held on the ground and cannot roll away. This type of securement presents no danger of injuries and allows the tunnel to be used indoors as well.
The training phases:
The first two training phases should always be carried out with another person as a helper. This person stands at the entrance to the tunnel and has the dog standing with him. You go to the other end, look through the tunnel and call the dog to you with a command such as 'tunnel'. When your dog runs through the tunnel, be sure to praise him and give him the occasional tasty treat.
Once your dog is happy to run through the tunnel without problems, you can move on to the second training phase: extend the tunnel. Once your dog masters this phase after some repetition, you can introduce the next challenge, in that you construct the tunnel in a curved form.
Bring the training to perfection by not calling your dog through the tunnel from the other end, but by running with him – he runs through the tunnel and you run alongside it. Motivate your dog with a reward at the end and throw a toy for him to fetch or catch. This boosts his fitness and speed.
Please remember that puppies must not do fitness training with these items. The tunnel is for puppies purely as a tool to increase their social training and build up their confidence. The procedure is similar to that in the fitness training, with the one difference being that the tunnel is constructed as in the first training phase, and the puppy can be allowed to play without instructions or commands. The puppy can entertain himself with the tunnel, but please do not leave your dog alone or unsupervised!
In contrast to the fitness training, it is also OK for a puppy to stand, sit or lie down in the tunnel, or even to turn around and come back out of the entrance.
After any training with your dog, we recommend taking the dog for a walk on the lead as a cooling down phase.