Fitness Fundamentals

What do you do to keep your dog in shape? It doesn't matter whether your dog is doing sports, is a service dog or just your best friend, fitness is as necessary for our dogs as it is for us.

Fitness is a dog’s ability to perform physical activities both static and dynamic.  These activities generally require endurance, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination as well as a general awareness of the environment those activities are being performed within. Fitness usually denotes the engagement in a combination of regular exercise and inherited talent and ability. 

Fitness is also a measure of a dog’s ability to carry out those tasks he is assigned whether in the sporting, working, service or companion arenas. That measure is one of vigor, fatigue and energy. Fitness generally measure one’s capacity for directed movement.


Degility


Degility® is a sport in Germany started a few years ago for the purpose of taming Parkour for all ages and sizes of dogs. 

Degility® is a mixture of fitness, agility and parkour.It is not a sport of speed and excitement. 

Degility® addresses precision in connection with concentration and emphasizes confidence in navigating the challenges of the equipment employing motor skills and coordination not seen in other sports.

Degility® is a combination of Agility and Mobility. It promotes concentration, confidence, coordination, strength, balance, and motor skills. Degility ensures a fit and healthy dog . 

Degility® is suitable for dogs and people of all ages . Puppies, senior dogs, dogs with three legs or other disabilities and even dogs with arthritis or other hip issues can practice Degility and succeed.

Degility® involves overcoming common and uncommon obstacles. Mazes, ramps, moving tables, suspension bridges and anything you can imagine and create.  

Degility® is recommended by physiotherapists and behavioral therapists . With Degility the quality of the life andhealth of your dog can be restored and enhanced.

Cooperative Hunting


an image"Jagility" is a combined word from "jagen" which in German means to hunt and "agility" which covers quick and graceful physical movements and the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly. 

Jagility is all about the cooperation between a human and a dog. The ability to hunt cooperatively has its roots in the evolution of canids of all sorts. There are many species that hunt cooperatively. Lions, wild dogs, hyenas, chimpanzees and wolves not only hunt together but are also social during non-hunting activities. Occassionally other canids such as coyotes, will cooperate in a hunt of larger game when the smaller pre they usually consume is scarce.

Cooperative hunting and social organization have been linked within a species and seems to happen when the gain is greater per animal then if they hunted and lived alone.

Dogs and humans have evolved together for the last at least 14,000 years. The relationship between our two species is as complex as it is ancient. Little is actually known about how dogs and humans began their journey together. What is known is that due to our history as partners, cooperation and social structure have evolved between us not only in day to day life but emotionally and hormonally.

 

Dogs are capable of learning many different behaviors from each other and from us. Dogs are also consumate problem solvers. Jagility creates a sport where dogs and human can hunt together, solving puzzles, navigating obstacles and searching for prey. This common hunting strengthens the bond between our dogs and us. Most dogs like to go hunting, it is innate to them, and the lack of it is, in our experience, the root of most behavior issues. Jagility is one answer to not only having a great time working with your dog, but helping him to maintain or regain a natural equilibrium of self and an understanding of his relationship with his human.


Jagility is:

  • Fun
  • Movement
  • Educational Games
  • Search Work
  • Brain Work
  • Dexterity
  • Confidence Building
  • Trust and Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Behavior

Jagility Is a blend of agility, nosework and mobility with supporting obstacles such as sand traps, water holes, woodpiles and mazes. Somewhere on this obstacle course several "dummys" are hidden. These dummys are simulated prey and the object is to navigate the course and find the prey in cooperation. The obstacles in the course will be used in various ways, not always in the standard way, so that your dog never knows whether he is to jump over a bar or crawl under it.

The focus of Jagility is on the natural hunting instinct of the dog: Instead of taking a walk, cooperative hunting is done instead. The dog's food is used as the prey. This "prey" is served up in a canvas bag and several are hidden along the "path" of the hunt. Jagility gives the space and obstacles as close to the natural hunting environment of a canid as can be created.  Dummys can also contain other objects imbued with scent, the key is whether the dog can find and retrieve the dummy.

The course would consist of the hidden dummys that can only be retrieved after overcoming the various obstacles. The obstacles include of tires, tubes, tunnels, bridges, barriers, different surfaces and other unknown objects. In contrast to Agility and Parkour, what is encouraged is not speed, but scenting, overcoming fears, dexterity, self-control, self-confidence, coordination and cooperation. It's not about competition but about teamwork.

In the US there is only one trainer who teaches it and you can read about it at http://jagility.com/.  In Germany you can find several websites where Jagility is taught, but the creator is here http://www.wir-verstehen-uns.de/


Jagility


"Jagility" is a combined word from "jagen" which in German means to hunt and "agility" which covers quick and graceful physical movements and the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly. 

Jagility is all about the cooperation between a human and a dog. The ability to hunt cooperatively has its roots in the evolution of canids of all sorts. There are many species that hunt cooperatively. Lions, wild dogs, hyenas, chimpanzees and wolves not only hunt together but are also social during non-hunting activities. Occassionally other canids such as coyotes, will cooperate in a hunt of larger game when the smaller pre they usually consume is scarce.

Cooperation and utilizing the natural abilities of a dog are the keys in this activity.

Canine Parkour

Canine Parkour is a fun way to exercise your dog using everyday objects, structural components and park furniture for agility and sport. Mental stimulation is so important for every dog, so you will learn how to use items you come across every day to make walks more fun for both you and your dog. You don’t need access to expensive agility equipment for you and your dog to have fun!

Traffic, people, other dogs, loud noises, dog parks, these are every day occurrences in the life of Parkour Canines and should be a source of confidence and positive stimulation. This class engages dogs and their owners in a positive manner and gives them the tools to tackle these challenges head on. Obedience training and urban agility exercises are combined to create a class that is as exciting as it is productive.

This is a lifestyle change for both you and your dog. Canine Parkour will equip you with the tools you need to achieve your training goals with your dog. Whether you are working with your dog for your and his health, or training for a big challenge, Canine Parkour will help motivate and inspire you to continue.

Are you up for the challenge?