Ely dogs are just pawesome! Dog parkour team win an international title

Parkour challenge at Ely

Parkour challenge at Ely - Credit: Archant

A class of eager hounds who train at Wilburton have become the first in the country to win an international urban dog training title.

Parkour challenge at Ely

Parkour challenge at Ely - Credit: Archant

The four-legged friends have been recognised as best in the UK in the International Parkour Dog Association Training titles.

Sian Ryan from Developing Dogs started the classes in urban agility for dogs this year to help dogs and their owners have fun and learn something new.

She said: “I am very proud for us to be the first in the UK to achieve these titles. We are looking forward to progressing to higher levels.

“I love this activity as it can be individually tailored to your dog’s ability and age.

Cooper Parkour challenge at Ely

Cooper Parkour challenge at Ely - Credit: Archant

“The only limits are your imagination and creativity. Watching the dogs and owners gain confidence, problem solve, work as a team and have fun is fantastic and very rewarding.”

The classes are based on elements of human parkour and dog agility and are designed to create a strong human and dog bond.

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Dogs start by learning how to jump over, go under, climb, go round or into easy everyday obstacles and then work up to harder obstacles and combination activities.

Urban agility is about working as a partnership, being non-competitive, fun and challenging.

Karin Coyne, founding member of American-based International Dog Parkour Association, praised Ms Ryan’s courses.

She said: “We have received quite a few titles from your students, and just wanted to thank you. Keep up the good work.

“Love seeing happy dogs and humans and people that are truly concerned about their dogs safety.”

To find out more about Dog Parkour contact Developing Dogs 01353 649571 or email info@developingdogs.co.uk.