What Is Agility
Dog agility made its first appearance in England in 1978 at the Crufts Dog Show. Its creators had devised a kind of “steeplechase for dogs” to entertain the spectators between show events. Unbeknownst to them, they actually created a brand new dog sport!
Agility arrived in North America in 1986 and has become one of the fastest growing dog sports. If you’ve ever watched or played it, you can understand why.
You and your pup run (or walk) an obstacle course. This is a great way to build your relationship plus it has other positive benefits.
Exercise (for both of you).
Builds confidence in a timid/unsure dog.
Your dog pays more attention to you (outside of the agility ring).
Gives a bored dog something to do – redirect excess energy.
Great mental stimulation.
Meeting new dogs and people and creating new friendships
but most of all, AGILITY IS FUN!!!
Who can play agility?
Do I need a border collie?
No! The great thing about agility is that any dog can play. It doesn’t matter what breed – mixed, purebred, little or big, as long as they have a desire to run and have fun, they can play.
Does my dog need special training to start?
Just some basic obedience skills (sit, down, wait and come) which we build on during classes.
How old does my dog have to be?
Depends on the breed and size. 6-7 months is the youngest but dogs 6-7 years (or maybe older) can play too. They are carefully monitored on jumping and weaving.
What type of things will they do?
Your dog will learn how to perform obstacles – jumps, tunnels, a closed chute, A-frame, a dog walk, weaves and a teeter totter.
How often do we go to class?
Once a week for approximately an hour – that’s it. When you get really hooked, you’ll probably want to have some of your own equipment at home!
August 2017, AAC National Agility Championship
Ringo, 11 years old, Day 3 (final) of Competition
Thunderbird Showpark, Langley, B.C.
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