Agility training is often too action-packed for dog seniors. Hoopers Agility is in this case a great alternative, so that four-legged friends, who can not jump so high or are otherwise handicapped, can enjoy the dog sport.
The Hoopers agility is also about going through a specific course, training skill, agility and speed. But the obstacles that would be difficult for dog seniors or handicapped dogs to overcome are replaced by tires, gates, tunnels and bridges.
The special thing about dog seniors at Hoopers Agility
In Hoopers agility, your dog does not have to jump, there are no obstacles, just obstacles that your wuff can overcome on all four paws. This protects the joints, which are not as fit in their old age as they were young. As a result, Hoopers Agility is also suitable for large breeds and heavy dogs. Nevertheless, if your dog is deaf, he can easily join in this sport because you can also communicate with him through body language.
As a rule, you do not have to move much in hoopers agility as your dog has to go through the course on its own and pay attention to your commands. If you yourself are not so good on foot, this dog sport is also a great alternative.
Where does Hoopers Agility come from?
Hoopers Agility developed as a variant of agility training a few years ago in the US. The rules have been established by the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), so that Hoopers agility is sometimes referred to as NADAC agility. The agility variant for dog seniors in Germany is still not so widespread, but gradually the joint-friendly dog sport finds its way into this country as well.