VickyCanine Hoopers World Instructor Hero
What is Hoopers?
Think about the pace and excitement of agility – but with a gentler flowing course that doesn’t involve any jumping – and that’s Hoopers! The courses consist of a series of hoops, barrels and tunnels. There are no tight turns or high-impact obstacles that can cause repetitive strain injuries in dogs.
Unlike agility where you run the course with your dog, the long-term goal of Hoopers is to distance handle everything. This means the owner stands still as the dog is directed around the course through hand signals and verbal cues.
Why is it so popular?
The main reason – it’s fun! Lots of dog owners also like Hoopers because they feel it’s safer and more suitable for some dogs, particularly older ones. The equipment is cheaper and easy to set up, making it more accessible for more people.
Who is Hoopers suited to?
The joy of Hoopers is that it is truly well-suited to ALL dogs. The tunnels and hoops are typically 80cm across, making them large enough for big breeds and roomy for smaller ones. Because the courses are ground level, they are suitable for young puppies and elderly or disabled dogs (who are otherwise fit and well), who can take part without any worries about damaging joints or bones.
What are the benefits of Hoopers?
Practising for Hoopers is a great way to improve the all-important bond you share, which has knock on positive effects on your everyday life together. It can also be a way to help build confidence in your dog if they may be worried about other dogs, or people.
Vicky is a certified Canine Hoopers World instructor
She is passionate about the ethos of how inclusive Hoopers is for young puppies up to elderly dogs, including those with limited mobility.
Vicky offers her initial four-week beginner course, which upon completion can be progressed to the Hoopers Plus course, after which owners have the choice to continue training regularly as an all-inclusive club style format to keep enjoying the benefits it brings. You will progress at you and your dog’s individual pace so there is no pressure to do more than you are ready for. All courses are held at a secure outdoor training venue in Redditch.
If you need help or more information about Hoopers contact our Canine Hoopers World instructor, Vicky.
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