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Health & Safety

Health & Safety Statement
Best Practice for Safe Urban Freestyle Training
1. Urban Freestyle is designed for healthy dogs without injury and veterinary sign-off is assumed.
2. Learn to evaluate your dog’s own body and what is healthy movement, and if you are not sure, please consult a certified canine physio before training. Different dogs have different physical abilities due to age, weight, breed, past injuries, previous training, etc. Please use your common sense and if you are unsure about whether your dog should perform a certain move, please ask. Urban Freestyle takes no responsibility for injuries and damage caused by your practice.
3. Take extreme care with puppies, old dogs and those with previous injuries.
4. Choose your obstacle wisely. We are not here for extreme stunts, and all obstacles you use in your training should be at an appropriate height for your dog as an individual. You can always choose higher objects for the dog to go under, and lower objects for the dog to jump onto, for example. Don’t jump your dog down onto concrete regularly, and be cautious of repetitive moves of any kind.
5. Warm up your dog before training Urban Freestyle to prevent muscle injury. 5 minutes walking before you start training, for example.
6. To reduce the risk of GDV, please do not practice Urban Freestyle when your dog has recently eaten a meal.

Potential Hazards
1. Lead Safety – Urban Freestyle is designed to eventually be practiced off lead in safe places. However, we understand you may wish to have your dog’s lead on at times. Please be aware of leads getting tangled on obstacles, your dog’s legs and yourself as this can be dangerous to your dog.
2. Check Your Environment – Before you start training, look around the area for hazards such as broken glass, or unsafe rubbish or food which your dog may try to eat. Ensure you are aware of where the closest roads are before you chose a training area.
3. Check Your Obstacles – make sure any obstacles you use are stable, not too hot and not slippery. For example, metal benches when wet are not suitable for jumping your dog onto.
Stick to the Law
1. Please do not allow your dog into fenced-off children’s play areas which have “No Dogs” signs. We know the temptation is there, but please abide by the rules when representing Urban Freestyle.
2. If you live in an area with a leash law, please use long lines if distance is needed for an exercise. You are responsible for knowing where it is permitted to have your dog off lead.
3. Please prioritise the safety and welfare of the public when practicing Urban Freestyle. Keep your dog under control at all times.