Dog competition

4-H host dog agility competition

This is Last Chance Stampede Show week here in the capital. On Wednesday morning, the kids in the 4-H zone teamed up with their four-legged best friends for a canine agility competition.

A time-based race, owners and their dogs earn points for obstacles like navigating a large tube or death-defying jumps. If you can’t get your dog to sit and wonder how he can train him to jump through the hoops, the secret is positive reinforcement.

“Lots of treats and praise are key for this,” Elaina Patten said with Lewis and Clark County 4-H.

The 4-H Agility Program teaches members skills for dog care, canine anatomy, grooming, and helps them explore dog-related careers.

“It’s not that hard, you start with treats and do like the hoops,” 4-H member Mariah Olson told MTN. “Hoop to hoop. Then you start adding more obstacles, putting in treats for them to learn to do.

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Treats and praise seem like a good recipe for success. Especially if you remember the most important part of the competition.

“Have fun, don’t get frustrated,” Olson said. “If you’re frustrated, let him (the dog) go for a minute. Take a good step and stop there. Because if he’s frustrated, it’s just going downhill.

“Just having fun,” Patten added. “It doesn’t matter, the outcome of the competition.”

Have fun with yourself and your furry friends – not a bad way to start the day.