Why Groundwork is important in Puppy Training...
- To have FUN which enhances learning!
- To focus and think, and this applies to 2-legged and 4-legged.
- To move slowly! When we move slowly, the nervous system pays more attention to what it is doing and different parts of the brain and different muscles are used.
- The results of learning in the playground and developing confidence is transferrers into real-life situations.
- To allow the puppy to explore non-habitual ways of moving.
- To increase coordination and overcomes clumsiness
- Improves balance
- Improves posture
- Nothing succeeds like success - increases self control, self confidence and overcomes insecurity and fears
Movement improves proprioreception (awareness of where your body is in space) and increases dopamine production which is 'feel-good' nuero-transmitter that helps improve mood!
There are a lot of objects around CLAW or amongst the secondhand charity stuff donated to CLAW (or in a Foster home) that can be used in building a fun playground obstacle course, (one doesn't have to buy agility equipment, one just needs to be creative!).