Dog agility is a great team sport for you and your dog! Dog agility training is fun and will help strengthen the trust between you and your dog. Dog agility is especially useful for establishing confidence in your dog.
Dog agility has been recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is open to any breed. Any dog that is over 12 months old may take part in competitions. Agility is a fast action sport that tests the handler's ability to quickly communicate with their dog as well as their dog's willingness to comply with speed and accuracy.
In an agility course, while being timed, a dog may be asked to handle such obstacles as running through open and closed tunnels, jumping a variety of hurdles, running a narrow bridge, walking up and down a seesaw, weaving through a straight line of poles, and jumping up on a pause table. Obstacle heights are adjusted depending upon the measurements of each competing dog in order to make agility competition fair to all dog sizes. Agility can be loads of fun for both the dog and the handler to participate in, and is exciting to spectators.
The following is a visual list of obstacles that a dog learns to negotiate for an agility course:
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