Dog agility came about in England in 1978, when the organisers of Crufts wanted to fill spare time between the Obedience championships and the Group judging. John Varley and Peter Meanwell conceived the notion of dog Agility - a challenging obstacle course with many elements:
The demonstration had overwhelming spectator appeal, largely because of the fast pace, challenging obstacles and the contagious enthusiasm displayed by the dogs. Agility incorporates everything that dogs love - running, jumping, climbing, tunnelling, exploring and learning.
WHY DO AGILITY?
Spend 'quality time' with your dog. Help active dogs 'blow off steam' Build confidence in nervous dog Increase mental stimulation Improve focus Improve obedience, and boost your control Strengthen the bond between you
WHAT BREEDS ARE SUITABLE FOR AGILITY?
Any dog in good physical health can enjoy agility. Possible exceptions may be long backed breeds for example:- dashunds or bassett hounds.For equipment training small/medium breeds need to be at least 12 months old, large/giant breeds need to be at least18 months old.
Courses usually consist of: High jumps , Long jump, Tunnel, Pause table, Weave poles, Tyre jump, Dog Walk, See-saw and the A frame.
DOGS LOVE AGILITY!
Here you will see a group of rescue dogs showing off their skills at Crufts! For information on agility classes Contact Us
The only thing that is more fun than watching dogs do Agility is doing it with your own dog! People are attracted to Agility for a wide variety of reasons:-