In this blog we take a look at dog agility and how it can benefit both you and your dog.
So, what is agility?
Agility is a canine sport which sees dogs complete a course of obstacles in a pre-determined order, in the fastest time possible, with the least amounts of faults. Obstacles can include tunnels, hurdles, ramps and more.
When competing, the dog’s handler will be given a course map, which they will need to study. The handler can then memorise the route and figure out the best way to guide their dog through the course without getting in the way. The handler will then guide their dog through the course using a mixture of signals and verbal commands.
Who can take part?
There are no breed limitations when it comes to agility. If your dog is full of energy and eager to please, the chances are, they will do well at agility. Dogs can start basic training from a very young age, and most clubs allow a dog to start jump and contact equipment training when they reach 12 months of age.
How can it benefit my dog?
Agility is a great form of exercise for your dog. If your dog is particularly energetic, agility is a great way to tire them out. It’s also a fab opportunity to teach your dog a wider range of commands from a young age.
How can it benefit me?
Many people don’t realise how much work it is for the handler. A handler must guide their dog round the course at high speed, which means they pretty much have to run the entire course too. Agility is a great way to stay fit, bond with your dog and also socialise with other like minded people.
How can I take part?
There are agility training courses and clubs across the country. Many fun dog shows also allow you to give it a go during their events and showcases. You can find a list of competing agility clubs at https://agilityclub.org/ac_leagueTables.php.
If you and your dog take part in agility, we would love to see your photos. Please do share them in the comments section of this post on Facebook.