September 7, 2011

Michele Hatley’s Tuesday Training Tip: Agility

Author: Michele Hatley

What Makes Your Breed Excel?

[tubepress video=”-2VTMgOATQk” theme=”fandco”]

My first experience with dog training was with my family’s Weimaraner, Jetta. We got her when I was 13 and I was the primary trainer with her when we were at obedience classes.

I was a natural trainer and quickly learned how to train other behaviors on my own. At this same time, I remember watching dog agility on tv and thought it seemed like something fun to do.  Being a sporting breed, Jetta had lots of energy to spare and agility was a great outlet to exercise her mentally and physically.

Years later, I have continued to train and compete with my dogs in agility. While some breeds are more natural at this athletic sport than others, all dogs can benefit from a mental and physical activity. Other dog activities are Frisbee, Rally, Obedience, Herding, Hunt tests, Fly ball, Tracking, Earth dog or Lure coursing. 

To learn more about events and activities that you can participate in with your dog, search online or check out the American Kennel Club at for more specific information. Dog breeds were created for specific purposes and it is awesome to watch them excel in what they were bred to do. Research your breed and find out what activities they are best suited for and let the fun begin!

Also, don’t forget to check out my agility video here with my 4 year old Vizsla, Ember – she rocks!

Other Recent Blog POsts

floofins and co birthday original floofins celebration

Celebrating The Original Floofins’ Sweet 16

July 24, 2024
Read Post
family preparing for emergency with pets

Emergency Planning for Your Home & Pet

July 18, 2024
Read Post
pet photographer chicago

Beyond the Blurry Phone Pic: Schedule Professional Pet Photos Instead

July 10, 2024
Read Post
fourth of july chicago

Keeping Chicago Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

July 1, 2024
Read Post
Roofs For Floofs

Why Floofins & Co. Leads the Pack

June 26, 2024
Read Post
Floofins & Co Chicago

The Special Bond: What Makes Cat and Dog Dads Amazing

June 19, 2024
Read Post