Stretching is important, especially if you are working with a sport dog. It is the opinion of the "experts" at the time of this writing that stretching should not be done until the muscles are warm however, so do some trotting or slope work for a couple of minutes first.

Work the Walk

Every day your walk will focus on finding objects and spaces where your dog can do urban agility. You will also do simple behaviors with some of these objects and spaces. Targeting, go around, up, jump over, sit on it, down on it, weave it. All of these behaviors will be assisted behaviors. Your dog knows nothing in the first week and is learning the basics of parkour. It's your job to help her out. Make sure your dog is always wearing her harness and you have your 15 foot lead.

All other weeks you will be using the daily walk to work on the games for the prior week. Once you have some proficiency in a distraction free environment, Work The Walk.

Parkour Pushups

Most of your dogs already know sit, down and stand. Puppy Pushups the parkour way is a bit different then just sit – down – stand or even the Dunbar game of sit – down – sit – stand – down – stand. The parkour way is sit – down – stand ON platforms, UNDER platforms, with front or rear paws on platforms. Start easy this week, your platforms should not be more than 3 inches high and should be wide enough and long enough for your dog to lie down on. If you have a small dog, 1 inch high is enough.

It's extremely important for you dog to be quick and happy about doing basic behaviors on, around, and under anything. We will not be using non-reward markers, your sit/down/stop/wait will be your NRMs, but fully trained and the dog happy about doing them anywhere for any reason.

Stretching

Stretch 1: (Long stretch) : The position for this stretch is your dog in front of you, facing the same direction you are. This would place your dog's rear end almost between your legs. You can hold your dog by placing your hand and arm around his middle in front of his hind legs if you wish. If your dog is small enough, get a cookie and stretch your arm out in front of your dog with the cookie in front of your dog's nose. He will reach for it and in the process stretch his back and neck forward creating a great stretch from nose to tail.

Stretch 2 & 3 (Left side/Right Side) : Side stretches are next. With your dog in Stage 1 position, start the stretch by putting a cookie on the dog's left hip bone and get him to turn his head toward his left hip, thus creating a long stretch toward the cookie. Let him nibble on the cookie, then repeat with a cookie on his right hip. This rib to hip stretch will help you to see your dog's flexibility on each side. If your dog struggles to stretch all the way to the hip you can position the cookie half way to his hip and then work towards a longer stretch over the course of more sessions.

Stretch 4 (Pretzel) : This stretch can also be shaped as a great stretching trick. Reach below and between the dogs legs and lure him with a cookie. Your dog should stretch by putting his head between his paws (in pretzel fashion) to get the cookie. This lengthens the spine and gives a great stretch toward the ground. A tip to remember with this stretch is while luring your dog with the cookie, keep the cookie close to the ground.

Remember to have the harness on at all times while training. This will habituate the dog to having it on and you using it to assist her as well. If you need to do the gotcha game and/or get dressed with the harness, do so.


In Training




Standard Parkour

Tucker

Brinkley


Jumpers Parkour


Creative Parkour