Even If you don’t recognize it by name, you have probably seen an agility competition. Designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and team work. Dogs and Handlers must negotiate an obstacle course, while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond with your dog. You do not even have to compete to enjoy agility, and taking an agility class offers many benefits. Many people start an agility class for fun and are bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors. So, find a local AKC agility class and start having a blast with your dog.
This is Heidi on the “Dog Walk”. This will not be the height of the walk when Heidi gets used to this. It will be raised eventually to 5 feet! I hope I don’t get too nervous for her. Our trainer guarantees that she will be OK and so will I….we will see.
These are called “Jumps”. Just what they look like. The dogs will have to learn to jump higher as the class progresses, so does the height on the jumps. Heidi is my 9 year old spayed bitch. She is quite timid yet is having much fun in her new agility class.
These are the jumps connected with the “Tunnel”. The dog has to learn to complete one task and go directly on to the next task. Heidi is learning to go to the jump from the tunnel. Good Girl!
This is Heidi and my favorite obstacle. “The Weave Poles”. The trick is to teach the dog to go through the poles and loose the gates as our agility class progresses. The dogs seem to love this one the best!