What is Dog Agility?:
In brief, Dog Agility is a sport in which a dog runs through
a timed obstacle course as commanded by the handler.
Agility training strengthens the bond between dog and
handler, and provides fun and exercise for both.
On the agility course, you will see a
variety of OBSTACLES:
∑ Jumps - Most of the
jumps are single bar jumps, some with colorful and
decorative wings holding up the bars, double-bar spread
hurdle(s), and the tire jump. Each type of jump is set at
the proper height for each class, determined by the height
of the dog at the withers (shoulders). Dogs must clear the
full height of the jump without knocking a bar off.
∑ Tunnels - There are
two types of tunnels, open tunnels which are long open
tubes; and "chutes", which are open at one end and have a
collapsed fabric tube at the other.
Contact Obstacles -
The contact obstacles, so called because of the yellow
"contact zones" at each end, consist of the A-frame, the
dogwalk, and the see-saw. To perform these obstacles
correctly, the dog must get at least one paw in each contact
zone when they ascend and descend the obstacle. The contact
zone rule is for safety considerations.
∑ Weave Poles - The
dog must enter to the right of the first pole and zigzag
through to the end. They must not miss a pole.
∑ Pause Table - The
dog must land on the table and assume a down position for a
count of five seconds.
THE JUDGE: Not only does the judge
design the pattern and supervise the set-up of the courses,
but also must referee the dog's and handlerís performance
and indicate faults or mistakes. Watch for his or her hand
signals to indicate mistakes.
Faults occur if the handler touches the dog or an obstacle
while on course; the dog runs the wrong course, misses a
contact zone; misses a weave pole; displaces a jump bar;
jumps on and off the table before the end of the count, or
exceeds the amount of time set by the judge for running the