Listen, we’ve all piled on the pounds during lockdown.
Chances are, even your dog is looking a little heftier ’round the middle after months confined to the house and garden.
It’s all good though; now there’s a way you can get your bod back to its lean and mean best (or at least work up a mild sweat) while ensuring your furry best friend gets a decent workout too.
Dogsercise in Youghal runs fun Obedience Training games that will challenge your dog’s mind while teaching them all kinds of useful habits.
“Obedience training doesn’t have to be boring and repetitive.” says owner Caroline Schaefer, who has been training dogs for more than 30 years.
“In class, we teach our dogs not just cued behaviours and tricks, but actual coping strategies and emotional intelligence. And we have so much fun along the way!”
Dogsercise is now taking sign-ups for the next set of four weekly Obedience Games Classes (€79 per team -one dog/up to two owners) starting on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 2.30pm. The class is suitable for all dogs aged over six months.
In August, Caroline is adding a Flyball Foundations class, where your dog will learn how to be part of two teams of four dogs who each race side-by-side in relay fashion along a 51-foot long course complete with jumps and a flyball box. There’s some sprinting involved for humans so this one is an excellent way to torch some calories.
Crufts here we come.
Caroline also has plans to launch a Fit & Fun class in September: “We’ll combine elements of dog agility, canicross, aerobics and obstacle racing, so it’s going to be great fun!” she told Yay Cork.
“However, even if it’s a calmer class, we’re out in the fresh air and working with our dogs. It’s scientifically proven that engaging with dogs is beneficial for our mental health, so there are massive benefits to it. Also after the months of isolation, it’s a great way to socialise safely and meet new people who have a passion and love for their dogs.”