What is an Obstacle Skills Class? It is a class that falls under Wag It Games for dog training. There are a series of different class types for dogs of all ages and breeds, with all the courses focusing on the relationship between dog and owner. Obstacle skills class is a like a super relaxed form of agility with no need for speed! One can do the course at a snails pace, or high speed. Cheering and supporting the teams is also encouraged.
Over the summer Mom signed Bailie and I up for a variety of introductory classes, just for fun. I took a three week Shadow Skills Class last month to work on paying more attention to my mom. Bailie did the Intro to Barn Hunt which was just one evening, and then the three weeks of Obstacle Skills. Dog sports competition is fun, but for a change trying new forms of sports for fun only is a nice break.
Obstacle skills uses a lot of course items similar to regular agility equipment, but it is very relaxed, treats are encouraged on the course, do overs are allowed, and it is all about fun and bonding. If you would like, you can work on it and compete, but we wanted to just do it for the fun of it. The obstacle skills classes also help a dog learn about their body positioning, and how to keep track of where all their legs and their back end are at all times.
Because Mom was constantly working with Bailie, photos were few and only taken with her phone. This short video shows off some of the skills Bailie and Mom were working on. As you can see, sometimes things went well, sometimes not so well, but it didn’t matter. Mom was learning how to work as a handler, and Bailie was learning to run the obstacles. We had a really great time in our classes this summer and would recommend these types of classes to all of our dog friends. Thank you to Active Dog Sports for offering the summer short courses!