ALL ABOUT AGILITY
Dog agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog off-lead through an obstacle course. Originally based on equestrian competition, the sport has evolved its own obstacles, scoring system and performance ideals. The obstacles consist of various types of jumps, ramps, elevated walks, weaving poles, different types of tunnels and a see-saw.
The Agility Course
Agility competition includes three types of events, Agility, Jumping and Agility Games. Agility classes require negotiation over jumps, tunnels and contact obstacles like ramps and walkovers, while Jumping classes use only tunnel and jump obstacles. Agility Games use all obstacles, requiring the handlers to make choices about the obstacles to be tackled or even to work with another dog and handler team.
As you progress through the levels of competition the number of obstacles, and the degree of difficulty increases. Dogs are also required to complete courses at a faster speed. At the higher levels more qualifying certificates are required to earn a title. The title of Agility Champion (AG Ch) is the ultimate achievement in agility and requires further qualifying certificates and placings to be awarded in the highest level of competition in both agility and jumping.
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