Parkour


 

Dogs Explore Their World Like Never Before

Dog parkour is often referred to as “urban agility.” The sport is composed of a number of skills that can be trained anywhere without any equipment. There are 6 base behaviors (and many others beyond!): 4 feet on, 2 feet on, under, through, in, and balance. These skills are then turned to nature, where you and your dog are challenged to find a variety of obstacles of different sizes, textures, and stability, to play parkour on! 

Parkour is meant to be accessible, both for humans and their dogs. 

Busy Dog offers several ways to practice parkour. Group Classes, drop-in parkour walks and free bi-monthly parkour outings are all available consistently. We also offer an online class and periodic workshops! 

Busy Dog instructor Mackenzie is certified through the International Dog Parkour Association as both a Certified Instructor and Evaluator. 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Parkour

 

Dog Parkour is a rapidly growing sport that promotes confidence, exploration, physical fitness, and partnership between you and your dog. Looking to add enrichment and adventure to your walks? Want to help your dog become more bold without being reckless? Do you want to support your puppies confidence and body awareness as they grow? Or do you simply want to bond and explore with your dog? Try dog parkour!

-6 weeks, 45 minutes – $150

No prerequesites. 

NEXT SESSION BEGINS:

November 7th at 7:45 p.m. at Pups Unleashed (Stoughton) 

REGISTER

Drop-In Parkour Walk 

 

Join us for a fun 45 minute parkour walk in various Madison locations! No experience is necessary, but instruction is limited. 

45 minute outing — $15

 

NEXT OUTING BEGINS:

December 4th at 12:00 p.m. – Warner Park (Northside) 

REGISTER

Online Parkour- Getting Started

Dog parkour is a rapidly growing sport that promotes confidence, exploration, physical fitness, and partnership between you and your dog. Looking to add enrichment and adventure to your walks? Perhaps help your dog become more bold without being reckless? Try dog parkour!

You will learn from certified dog parkour instructors while you work toward your Training Level Title (or just have fun with your dog!)

This class is for: 

  • People who do not have direct experience with dog parkour as a sport.
  • People with active, curious dogs and a spirit of adventure.
  • People whose dogs may be more measured or cautious in their approached to the world.
  • People with puppies who wish to support their confidence and body awareness as they grow.
  • People with older dogs who are not ready for full retirement; they just need a few adjustments.
  • Anyone who wants to bond and explore with their dog.

LEARN MORE

 

Why Parkour?

 

If you’re familiar with Busy Dog on any level, you know that we’re hugely passionate about dog parkour! Have you ever wondered why or what it’s all about?

What is Dog Parkour? 

Dog parkour is often referred to as “urban agility.” The sport is composed of a number of skills that can be trained anywhere without any equipment. There are 6 base behaviors (and many others beyond!): 4 feet on, 2 feet on, under, through, in, and balance. These skills are then turned to nature, where you and your dog are challenged to find a variety of obstacles of different sizes, textures, and stability, to play parkour on! 

Red merle border collie stands on a concrete wall in a grassy field.

Benefit #1: Confidence Building

For many dogs, it will be scary at first to put their front paws on a slippery rock, or to crawl under a tree branch. Over time, practicing dog parkour will help your dog learn to trust your judgement, push their bodies in new ways, and become confident in themselves and their abilities.  Very quickly, the confidence that your dog builds in parkour will then transfer to other aspects of their life.

Benefit #2: Relationship Strengthening

As you and your dog spend time training together, your bond will strengthen. If you help your dog safely learn how to have fun in different ways, your dog will build value in the time you spend together. 

Benefit #3: Body Awareness & Conditioning (Safe for all Ages)

Does your dog act like they aren’t even aware of their back legs? This is common in young dogs. Dog parkour will increase your dog’s agility and body awareness. It also can help older dogs maintain some strength as they age.

Benefit #4: Enrichment (More Than Just a Walk!)

More often than not, simply just taking your dog for a walk isn’t enough. In addition to physical exercise, dogs also need mental exercise and enrichment! Dog parkour is an easy activity to add to the walks you’re already going on. Instead of rushing your dog pass a rock, stop and think about what your dog could do with that rock. Can they put feet on it? Circle it? Jump from one to the other?

 

Benefit #5: Optional Titling

To put it plainly, dog parkour is cool. Why wouldn’t you want to show off? Through the International Dog Parkour Association, you and your dog can earn awards. There are numerous levels, and if your dog prefers one specific behavior, you can earn a specialty title too!

Mackenzie Holmes of Busy Dog Training is a certified instructor and evaluator and can award you your training and novice level  titles.

A black dog in a turquoise harness sits in a cardboard box and faces the camera.