What is Dog Agility?

If training your dog to leap over hurdles, crawl through tunnels, traverse a see-saw,
scale an A-Frame, walk a plank suspended four feet above the ground,
and weave though a line of poles like a snake sounds exciting…
Then Dog Agility may be just for you! 

Nearly all dogs – mixed and purebred alike – can enjoy agility. Dog agility combines a fast paced, athletic challenge with strategy and teamwork. It’s a great way to build your dog’s confidence, improve its physical condition, and spend quality time together.
 

From Wikipedia:

Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, or rubber. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.

Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.

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