FRYEBURG — Does your dog have too much energy and needs something to do? Did you ever wonder how people discover their dog's special talents? Looking to do some stupid pet tricks? Then take this opportunity to come to All Dog Sports Night and give WagIt Games a try on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Telling Tails Training Center located at 285 Main St. in Fryeburg.
WagIt Games are fun exercises to get your dog's tail wagging because it is having so much fun learning new tricks, skills and maneuvers. Doesn't matter if you have an old dog, young dog, big dog, little dog or a disabled dog, the exercises can be modified so you can have success.
There are different levels of WagIt Games (novice, skilled, and proficient) that are broken down into shadow skills, obstacle skills, sniff it, dog ball, water skills, quarry quest and agility, so you can keep progressing, perhaps even to the point of competing and getting titles on your dog.
There will be demonstrations of some of the skills and you will have the opportunity to give it a try with your dog. Be sure to bring a lot of small treats that your dog likes and a leash (please — no retractable leashes).
You've seen it on TV and now it is time to let your dog give it a try. Agility will also be demonstrated. The equipment will be set up and ready for you to take your turn at the course or just try one obstacle. Ever wonder whether your dog will go through the tunnel or go between the weave poles? Many shelters use agility obstacles to help dogs gain confidence and come out of their shells. Take this opportunity to see if agility is a good match for your dog.
There will also be an opportunity for your canine pal to try NoseWorks. What's the very first thing your dog does when he goes outside? Sniff! Why not put that skill to good use using the method that many search, rescue, and detection dogs are trained by.
The dog's sense of smell is absolutely amazing and how they can determine one smell from another and locate it in a room will surprise you. NoseWorks will be demonstrated on Friday — and you may be able to give your dog a chance to give it a try. This is another activity where any dog can do it and most dogs absolutely love to do it.
These exercises have been used in many shelters and give the dog an opportunity to come out of its shell, gain confidence and become adoptable. So why not get your best friend out for a free night of fun and games doggy-style and see if this is something you want to take a class on.
Classes will be starting in November, so don't hesitate to give these activities a try and then sign up for the class. Don't forget your treats, leash and dog.