The discipline of canine parkour is not intended in any way to be dangerous. The very definition of even human parkour is to use the fastest, most efficient, and SAFEST way to move through an environment. There are YouTube videos out there that were made by humans who are trying to to the fancy, sexy moves without the training or conditioning necessary to maintain safety and to actually learn how to move the body. If you look at the most famous dog doing parkour - TreT - and his training videos, you'll see that safety is paramount.

The best way to stay safe while practicing parkour is through proper progression in training. You should always start your dog out with basic moves on the ground and make sure your dog understands them before moving on to obstacles.

In human Parkour there are rules for taking off, landing, safety rolls, spotting and a host of other tips for staying safe.  It would be wise to follow these rules with our dogs.

  • Check all surfaces and obstacles for reliability & hazards.
  • Give yourself and your dog time to acclimate. 
  • Have confidence: Only allow your dog to perform a move only if you are  confident that s/he will complete it.
  • As Bob Bailey says "Be a splitter not a lumper".  Break down all the Parkour skills and obstacles into component parts and have your dog's thoroughly learn each part.
  • Nothing is ever 100%.  Parkour can be dangerous, especially if any of the training is missed or only done halfway.

Parkour is a relationship with the environment. As a rule, you should always respect public and private property. Obstacles encountered in a park or architecturally were more than likely constructed for purposes other than parkour. Therefore, a certain level of respect for the objects and obstacles you use should be observed. A park bench is not just a balance beam or narrow walk, it is also for public use; people sit on it, put their hands on it and maybe then they put their hands in their mouths. Many of these obstacles have not been tested for jumping on or bouncing on. Try not to damage property or disrespect other people you might encounter while on a parkour run. They have just as much right to use a bus stop for its intended purposes as you have the right to ask your dog to sit on a bench.

Parkour is not about leaping over tall buildings in a single bound or climbing trees that could potentially be widow makers. Parkour is about efficiently moving through the environment, navigating obstacles instead of moving around them and having fun.  Parkour is about function first and flashy style only once your dog has proficiency with not only the skill, but the obstacles being challenged.

In Training




Standard Parkour

Tucker

Brinkley


Jumpers Parkour


Creative Parkour