Agility is a dog sport, in which, a dog/handler team is required to navigate through an obstacle course. Agility is a great way to strengthen the bond between a dog and its owner. It can serve simply as a fun activity to do with your dog, to being a competitive sport in which numerous titles can be achieved. Because of this, participants can range from teenagers to senior citizens.

In agility, dogs learn to maneuver through, around and over a variety of obstacles including the A-frame, teeter-totter, dog walk, tunnels, and various types of jumps, all done off leash. As the bond between dog and handler develops, they demonstrate the versatility and agile nature of the dog by following directions from the handler.

Agility, like any athletic sport, requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. It provides great exercise for both dog and handler.

In competition, scoring is very similar to equestrian show jumping, faults range from knocked bars, to refusals and time faults. There are numerous organizations which offer a variety of competitive events in Agility. AKC, CPE, NADAC, and USDAA are some of them.

It is recommended that a beginner class in Obedience, at the least, be taken before starting into Agility.

 

 

 

 

 

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