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AG830: Interval Fitness Training for Agility Handlers and Their Dogs

Instructor: Karen Kay

Course Details

Would you rather train your agility dog than exercise yourself?   You are not alone!!!

Many good dog trainers would rather train their dogs than exercise for themselves.

How about we use agility equipment and make it a team effort instead of either or?

Frequent short sessions are better for you and your dog, and this fits perfectly with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which is all the rage in human fitness training right now.  HIIT sounds difficult, but it doesn’t have to be!  HIIT involves a series of medium to high intensity exercises along with designated rest periods for recovery.  There is no need to compare yourself to anybody else---you control how hard you will work.  You decide what will be “YOUR” maximum effort level. 

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) has become the rage because it combines two of the most effective fat-burning methods.  This method burns fat because you will use your maximum effort to achieve muscle fatigue and maximum oxygen use in these quick bursts of exercises.  A twenty- minute workout alternating high/low intensity periods burns more calories than a twenty- minute workout of steady intensity. 

In this class, you will need some “back yard agility equipment”.  We will be using some basic agility obstacles such as weave poles (6 or 12), a tunnel, jumps, and see saw (or plank).  This is going to be a workout for both you and your dog.  During your part of the high intensity part of the interval, you will be the one exercising (some stationary exercises and some short burst running).  However, during your rest interval you will be training your dog on the equipment.  Everybody wins with this format!

Now, your dog is also learning to have better impulse control.  Your’ dog’s rest interval (in a sit or down position on a mat or table, attached to a tie down, or in a crate) occurs every time you exercise.  However, your rest interval is spent training your dog so that he/she gets in their high intensity conditioning interval. 

This is going to be so much FUN for you and your dogs!  Just like dog training should be at all times, this is a WIN-WIN for both of you!!  This method also provides you and your dog with a great workout in a short amount of time.  Agility is run utilizing short bursts of intense work from both the handler and their canine partner.  HIIT training will help both of you to be “sport specific” with your conditioning!!