WHAT IS AGILITY?
According to the rules, the aim of a dog agility competition is for a Handler to direct his dog around a course of different obstacles to assess and enhance the ability of the dog and Handler to work as a team. It is an educational and sporting activity intended to improve the dog’s integration into society. The sport requires good rapport between dog and Handler, which results in perfect teamwork. Whilst speed of the dog is to be desired, steadiness of work is essential to a faultless performance of the courses.
An easier way to say it is:
DOG AGILITY IS JUST PLAIN
FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG
The obstacles used in agility are hurdles, winged jumps, broad jump, spread jump, hoop, a-frame (sometimes called a scramble), dog walk, seesaw, flexible (or pipe) tunnel, collapsible (or chute) tunnel, weaving poles and a table although the table is not longer used in ANKC agility.
At a trial, the judges sets the sequence that the dog has to complete
There are different levels of competition, depending on how experienced the dog is. The Novice or beginner courses are quite simple to follow, whereas masters courses have many twists, turns and tricky bits.
There are a number of organisations that run agility trials
The largest body (by far) that runs trials is the Australian National Kennel Control. Each state his its contolling body. In NSW it is DOGS NSW.
The Agility Dog Association of Australia runs trials in both NSW, WA and Q’ld.
You will find links to these associations and training clubs by clicking our [LINKS] button.