Okay - I cannot figure out how to join the Dog Agility Blog group (http://dog-agility-blog-events.posterous.com/pages/backyard-training) - stupid Yahoo Group errors!
But I'm going to blog about Backyard Training anyway.
So.... my yard is basically a very large hill. We're talking about a 20-30 degree steep hill. This means there is no way I can do agility in my backyard. The only training I can do in my backyard is to let the dogs race around like crazy which helps with their conditioning.
The other agility training I can do at home is tight jump wraps in my basement. We have a room that is 20'x20' - really not big enough to practice any speed but I do have two tiny jumps that I made and a tunnel so I use the tunnel to work on jump wraps.
While I can't do that much agility training - we can work on conditioning at home! I have several different exercise balls (round, peanut, donut, paw pods) that I use to build up the girls muscles. And I add in some fun tricks to work on coordination and teaching the dogs that failing is not a big deal.
Here's a little video that show some of the conditioning work we do along with them racing around in the backyard:
Anyone have any other ideas on agility stuff that one can do without having a yard?