What Is Agility?

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What Is Agility?

Post  Sarah on Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:00 pm

What is "Dog Agility"?
Dog agility is a competitive sport that tests a person's skills in training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs to jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, traverse a see-saw and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration designed to challenge a handler's competitive and training skills. With scoring based on faults similar to equestrian show jumping, dog agility has become an exciting spectator event.

Must I have a purebred dog in order to compete in dog agility?

No. A competitor may compete with any dog, purebred or mixed breed in USDAA events. Dog agility is practiced as a sporting activity that demonstrates a handler and trainer's skill in working with a dog on an obstacle course. The type of dog may pose certain challenges in training and handling, but a competitor is not restricted as to type of dog. Therefore, dog agility is frequently referred to as a "sport for all dogs".

What dog is best suited for agility?

Any dog with good physical agility and energy is a strong candidate for the sport. Though many breeds appear more naturally adapted to the sport, more than 150 breeds (including mixed-breeds as a single group) have demonstrated their ability to perform well.

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Post  Molly on Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:56 am

Great description!

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Post  AnnSmith on Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:00 pm

Thank you for the information! That is a full detailed explanation of agility. Wow! I wish my dog would become a champion one day. I need to train him now! Smile

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