Title your Dog in Agility

July 12, 2012

Competition Events

Dog and Handler in Agility Competition

High-speed crosses and turns are par for the course

Does your dog seem to defy gravity as he jumps from the dining room table to the counter? Ever seen your dog neurotically running the fence line?  Your dog needs an outlet, and you could probably stand to lose a pound or two. Agility might be a great option for both of you.

You’ve probably seen the hoops, jumps, and tunnels of dog agility. This growing sport is fun and fast-paced, a great outlet for both you and your dog. You and your dog work as a team to complete an obstacle course of jumps, weaves, and chutes in the fastest time possible, without knocking any bars or going off-course. There are a ton of different rule sets and types of competition, including numerous different venues. The AKC, USDAA and NADAC all host their own shows and events.

The AKC recognizes Standard, Jumpers with Weaves, Fifteen And Send Time (FAST) and Preferred classes of competition. In each of these, three levels of expertise are offered: Novice, Open, and Excellent. Dogs are further divided into jump height categories (so that Papillions aren’t jumping the same height as Golden Retrievers). To find an Agility club near you, use the AKC’s club finder here.

Dog reaching the top of an A Frame

Many dogs love being told that
they’re supposed to climb on things.

Want to start training at home? Go ahead and build some jumps out of PVC and start training. Because excitement and energy are vital to the sport, most agility trainers recommend NEVER correcting your dog, but simply not praising for things done incorrectly. This is a great way to build your dog’s confidence and create a strong bond between you.

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About BredByBitch

Hello! My name is Dani, and I've been in the "dog world" since I was 8 years old. My mother raises and breeds Irish Wolfhounds, which was my introduction to the show ring. I showed in Junior Showmanship for many years before aging out and getting my first German Wirehaired Pointer. I live in Tucson, AZ with my German Wirehaired Pointer, Luke. Luke is my man, from my first home-bred litter of wires.

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