What is Agility ?
- The idea of agility was born in 1978 when Crufts Dog Show needed something to
fill up spare time in the main arena between the end of the obedience
championships and the start of the group breed judging. Various dog training
demonstrations were held over the years, some of which included dog jumping. The
new demonstration had to be a nice to see test and it should be suited to the
hard Olympia floor. The main idea of a dog jumping competition is based on the
show jumping of horses. Some people put their heads together and they came out
with a test based on vast practical dog training knowledge and experience in
working trials. Main factors that had to be kept in mind were : that it should
be fun, without being dangerous and it should have to amuse spectators. They
built the equipment. Another club was contacted to form a second team of four
dogs and they all helped each other with training ideas and modifications to
equipment. And so the base was laid for the agility we know now.
In short, Agility is a sport in which a dog runs through a timed obstacle course under the guidance of the handler. Agility training strengthens the bond between dog and handler, and provides fun and exercise for both.
The Competition Runs - Agility dogs run their courses naked (no collar and no lead) to prevent hooking a collar or catching a leash on a piece of equipment and having it come crashing down. The Judge usually tells the handler when they may begin the course. The Timer starts the stopwatch as soon as any part of the dog crosses the start line and stops when any part of the dog crosses the finish line.
- Common course faults include: missing a contact zone, incorrect weave entry,
non-completion of an obstacle, off course (taking an obstacle out of sequence),
knocking a bar off, leaving the table before the judges count of 5, and
exceeding the time allowed for completing the course.
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