Prairie Dawgs 

Prairie Dawgs Agility

We love the sport of dog agility!  

It is Trish's passion to continually learn about and train agility.

When we were first married, we owned and operated Prairie Dawgs Agility dog training business for a few years.  After having kids, we didn't have the time to do that anymore.

Now that the kids are older, Trish has more time to train and work on agility again.  And we have our own acreage and agility equipment again!

What is Agility?

Dog agility is a super fun and addicting activity where a person and a dog work through a course of obstacles such as jumps, ramps, tunnels, etc.  The human guides and communicates with the dog to navigate the obstacles in a safe way.  Once the dog and handler team have practiced, you can enter into agility competitions where you complete in progressively harder courses which challenge the ability of the dog/handler team.  In a competition there are several different types of courses or games which all have different rules and instructions on how to play according to the organization you enter with (AAC, NADAC, UKI, etc.)  In agility there is always more to learn, practice and improve!

Why agility?

Agility is:

  • fun!!!
  • great physical and mental activity for the dog
  • a way to develop and strengthen your relationship with your dog
  • fanstastic confidence boost for shy and scared dogs

Who can do agility?

A wide variety of people and dogs can successfully participate in agility.  As long as the dog is healthy, we have never found a dog yet that doesn't like agility!  Children, families and seniors, and even people with different types of disabilities can all learn to develop their relationship with the dog and work together as a team navigating the obstacles.  Puppies can do foundation work, but should refrain from jumping, and bending, so that their bodies can develop properly.

Agility training Tip:

Any dog of any breed or mix and any age can love doing and be successful at agility as long as it is healthy!

We have worked with anything from Basset Hounds and Beagles, to Irish Wolfhounds, Collies and Shih Tzus.  Puppies, old dogs, Seniors and families!

All you need to be successful is a positive attitude ready to engage with your dog and ready to listen to instruction and learn.