Dog Agility Information

Why Do Dog Agility

The only thing that is more fun than watching dogs do Agility is doing it with your own dog! People are attracted to Agility for a wide variety of reasons:-

Spending ‘quality time’ with their dogs.
Sharing a fun activity and working as a team with their dogs
Building confidence in nervous dogs
Helps active dogs ‘blow off steam’ and helps reduce hyperactivity
Increases mental stimulation
Improves focus
Helps improve basic obedience, and boosts owner control
Strengthens the bond between owners and their dogs

Today, Agility is one of the fastest growing sports and enjoys enormous popularity throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and USA.

What Breeds are Suitable Agility?

Any dog in good physical health can enjoy agility. Possible exceptions may be long backed breeds for example:- dashunds or bassett hounds. For equipment training small/medium breeds need to be 1 year old, large/giant breeds 18 months.Dogs of any age can partake in pre-agility classes.

Dog agility came about in England in 1978, when the organisers of Crufts wanted to fill spare time between the Obedience championships and the Group judging. John Varley and Peter Meanwell conceived the notion of dog Agility – a challenging obstacle course with many elements such as:-
High jumps
Long jumps
Tunnels
Pause table
Weave poles
Tyre jump
Dog Walk
See-saw
A frame
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The demonstration had overwhelming spectator appeal, largely because of the fast pace, challenging obstacles and the contagious enthusiasm displayed by the dogs. Agility incorporates everything that dogs love – running, jumping, climbing, tunnelling, exploring and learning.