Agility is a fast paced sport in which the dog is required to
run a specific course comprised of jumps, tunnels, weave poles,
and contact obstacles. The handler guides his canine companion
through the route by the use of verbal commands, hand signals and “body
English”. The way the owner turns and moves his body helps
tell the dog which direction to go.
Dusty flies over the jump!
Through the tire jump
Walking the dog walk
Sitting on the pause table
The obstacles are set up the day of the show, they’re numbered,
and the handlers have the opportunity to walk the course and memorize
it before running their dogs. The dogs love the speed and excitement
of the sport, and it capitalizes on the dogs’ love of running,
jumping, and playing games with their owners. And the owners have
a ball doing it also! Agility clubs have sprung up all over the
country, and many obedience and all-breed clubs have added agility
classes to their curriculum.