I'm guessing that some of you haven't heard of Dog Parkour. This is a fabulous blog by Rachel Rogers from Nose to Trail Pet Behaviour Services that explains everything about it, how good it is for your dog & how you can get involved
Dog Parkour is sometimes called urban agility. It is where dogs learn to interact with objects in their environment in different ways – going over, under, or standing on them in different poses and is an activity that any dog of any age can be trained to take part in. In the UK dog parkour is organised and taught by the Dog Parkour UK instructor team.
If you're looking to take part in dog parkour you can either join the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/207278120180068/) and work through the training yourself, so if you are an experienced dog owner this may be a good option for you. If however you are quite new to dog training and using positive reinforcement methods then you could find a local class or instructor to coach you through the various steps. On the dog park or UK website (https://dogparkouruk.wixsite.com/dogparkouruk) you can find your local instructor some of which like myself offer online coaching, so no matter where in the UK you are if you would like to join your dog parkour journey you can get in touch with me and I'm happy to help you through the steps (email@example.com).
One of the reasons that I particularly enjoy using dog park all with my clients is that it increases dogs’ confidence and helps owners to gain engagement with their dog on their dog walk because it makes it more fun.
Unlike a lot of other dog sports and activities on off dog parkour is competitive in a slightly different way you compete only against yourself as you progress through the various levels. This is why is great if you’re a little more reserved or don’t fancy having to buy lots of equipment to try out a new hobby.
If you would like to, and most people do! you can submit videos of your dog’s training through the various different activities to gain wonderful rosettes that you can have on display.
Depending on your dog's age you would either start at level 1 or level 0 (puppies). At each level you can pick a type of environment that you’re going to demonstrate the behaviours in. This may be rural, natural or built. I use the built environment a lot as this is really easily done in the home as you can use any man-made obstacles to perform the various behaviours.
Which behaviours you teach and demonstrate with your dogs gets progressively harder as you work through the levels, but they start with simple behaviours such as putting 2 paws on, or 4 paws onto an obstacle.
These can be great for getting lovely photos of your dogs. Perfect for photo sessions with Nicki!