Build your dog's confidence
Description: The DK9 Training Ladder is a simple yet versatile training aid designed to be used to improve the co-ordination and balance of dogs. It comprises a set of four 'Cavaletti' jumps, a term borrowed from the ‘horsey world’ They are made of poles connected to holders on wooden X bars. Rotation of the crosspieces alters the height of the poles.
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It is an important sense to develop for agility dogs and, although the physiological mechanism may sound complicated, the exercise itself is quite simple! The poles provide a 'foot placement puzzle' which we ask the dog to walk slowly through. This works on the principle that the dog has to lift each foot up separately to step over each pole. Walking slowly builds more muscle strength and co-ordination than if the dog simply trots over the poles. In a trot, the legs swing in diagonal pairs, which is easier than lifting each foot up individually. So, as is often the case, it's not what you do, it's the way that you do it!
The DK9 training ladder is easily adjusted and provides many varied patterns, so is perfect for this purpose. The poles can be placed at different heights, distances and angles, providing loads of variations to enhance and develop your dog's balance, core strength, co-ordination and dexterity. For more information on balance and co-ordination I have previously written an article for agilitynet, which can be found on Agilitynet.
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I like the look and the quality of the Cavaletti, and the flexibility of patterns that can be created.
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Value for Money: When compared with single jumps which cost in the range of £50-£75, these four well-made Cavaletti seem to be quite reasonable!
10/10 - I cannot fault the product in any way
About the Reviewer...
Hannah currently compete with two dogs in agility - Zazzy (G7) is a red tri BC girl who is four years old and Deece (G5) is a two year old black & white collie X. He is an eighth bearded collie.
Her day job is scientific research carried out at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, where she studies pollen structure, development and evolution.
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