What is Canine Hoopers?
Hoopers is a fun dog sport that’s ideal for dogs and owners of all ages and fitness levels.
Dogs navigate a course of hoops, barrels and tunnels with the same pace and excitement as agility.
But the courses are flowing and don’t involve tight turns – making it accessible for everyone!
Hoopers is focused on the ability of dog and owner to work together as a smooth-flowing team so it’s a great bonding activity too.
How do dogs take part in Canine Hoopers?
The best place to begin is by finding a qualified instructor.
I recommend Canine Hoopers World instructors as they have undergone thorough training with a Hoopers expert.
Usually they’re group classes but some instructors like myself run 1-1 sessions too.
What is the benefit of Canine Hoopers?
Where to begin? Ok, let’s start with the benefits for the dogs themselves.
In Hoopers dogs are working away from us so it helps create confidence and independence.
It’s also good for dogs that tend to bulldoze around because although they’re moving at speed, they have to be very conscious of what’s around them.
So it’s good for proprioception – it helps dogs to be aware of where they’re putting their feet and bodies.
There are also lots of benefits for us owners.
In Hoopers dogs are focusing on targets so we can easily turn that focus back on us, giving us greater control from a distance.
Oh yes, and it’s a lot of fun!
What kind of dogs is it ideal for?
I honestly believe that most dogs could benefit from Hoopers.
It creates confidence so it’s beneficial for nervous dogs.
It’s perfect for high-energy dogs too as it channels their focus – and of course it’s a great energy burner too.
Older dogs can join the fun as it puts less strain on their joints than agility and for that same reason dogs as young as eight months can take part.
That’s because unlike agility, Hoopers has no jumps. Instead, dogs navigate a ground-level course of hoops, barrels and tunnels.
The equipment ensures dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds can participate without having to take sharp turns or bend down for tunnels or hoops.
Hoopers is brilliant because it doesn’t exclude any dog or person!