For me as a physiotherapist, the health aspect is of course the main focus when it comes to dog sports. Because sure, dog sports should be fun, but please not at the expense of health. But there are definitely sports that make my physiotherapist’s heart beat faster. This includes, first of all, degility.
Degility is for me one of the sports that is suitable for all dogs. No matter what age, whether they have ailments or are in top shape. I never tire of repeating how important active exercise is for our beloved four-legged friends. Targeted and meaningful exercise makes and keeps fit. It delays the aging process and significantly improves the state of health.
And so Degility offers the possibility to be active with your dog and to keep him in motion, always taking into account the current state of health and responding to it intensively. When dog owners ask me what sport I recommend, degility is definitely always one of them.
I have summarized the five most important facts about degility for you
What is Degility and how does it work?
Degility combines elements of agility and mobility. The aim is to overcome various obstacles in a way that is easy on the joints. These can be, for example, balance boards, footbridges, cavaletti and slalom at a comfortable distance or height – and there are no limits to the creativity of the trainer. Sounds unspectacular, I know. But it is not. Because in the process, motor skills, balance and coordination are promoted. At the same time, muscle development, flexibility and body awareness are trained.
At the same time you will have a lot of fun with your dog, accompany him as he overcomes the obstacles at his own pace and your bond will be strengthened.
Being there is everything – every dog can participate
Degility is not only suitable for healthy dogs, but due to the fact that it is so easy on the joints, dogs with handicaps, diseases of the musculoskeletal system as well as seniors benefit enormously. Size and weight of the dog do not matter. Any dog can participate – so even with osteoarthritis, elbow dysplasia, spondylosis, etc.. There is no equipment such as the steep wall. I think it’s great, because it has a very strong compressing effect and puts a lot of strain on the joints.
Individuality is in demand!
In tranquility lies strength and the path is the goal. Patience, calm and time are required! Together, dog and owner work out obstacles such as suspension bridges and footbridges. You will proceed at your own pace and the obstacles will also be individually adapted to the needs of your four-legged friend. The dog can explore the obstacles in peace and consciously complete them. Pressure and coercion are absolutely taboo. Sounds good, doesn’t it?!
Slow down – no need for speed!
On the contrary, speed is absolutely not in the foreground. Precision, concentration and conscious, quiet work are required. Especially for temperamental and impulsive dogs, this can quickly become a challenge – and at the same time a wonderful training. The security that the four-legged friend experiences on the course by successfully completing the course naturally carries over into everyday life. Everyday situations can be mastered more easily.
Slow does not mean boring!
To call Degility boring or undemanding would be absolutely out of place. The demand that Degility has on our four-legged friends is not to be underestimated. On the contrary, slowly and deliberately working out the obstacles is demanding for any dog – even the healthy ones – and requires training.
The most important, positive facts about degility in a nutshell:
- Joint-friendly training of musculature, mobility, coordination and balance
- Better body awareness & motor skills
- perfectly suitable for joint diseases like spondylosis, arthrosis, hip dysplasia & Co.
- Increased physical performance
- Training for the head and increased mental performance
- The aging process is delayed by the training
- Degility makes you happy: endorphins are released – your dog is happier
- Great bonding and better communication between you and your dog
- Fun factor: you spend a great time together and have fun together. What could be better for man and dog!
All the love, your Tina