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Agility dogs competition

Sergey Ivanov

Agility dogs competition


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Does your dog enjoy playing? Is your dog is familiar with the commands like “sit”, “lay down”, and “come”? Is your dog full of energy? If the stated points fit with your dog you definitely have the right dog to join agility training.

Agility is a pretty fun sport for humans and dogs. There are obstacles the dog has to do. The aim for you as the owner, is to run next to your dog, while he is doing the obstacles, as fast as possible. Most of the time, you do this sport outside. The origin of this sport is England in 1997. It happened during a break from a world famous show which is called the Cruft Dog Show. Some service and police dogs showed what they could do on an obstacle course.

How does agility work?
The obstacle course consists out of 12 to 20 different obstacles. It depends which course you do because there are a lot of different types. The course is built on an area of at least 20 x 40 meter. “Start” and “End” are marked by light strikes or strings. The round length of one course can be 100 until 200 meters. There are 3 different levels. There is the agility class 1, agility class 2 and at last there is an agility class 3. In every class there is the goal to do the course in the fastest time. In agility class 1 with 1, 8 m/sec, in agility class 2 with 2, 75 m/sec and in agility class 3 with 3, 5 m/sec to return. The winner is the one who had the least mistakes and the fastest time.

Different obstacles:
There are a lot of different obstacles. For example, there can be a slalom, which consists out of 8, 10 or 12 slalom rods. This rods are 100cm high and they have a distance in-between from 50 until 65cm. Another obstacle is the table where the dog has to go up. The goal for the dog is to stay on the table for 5 seconds. After this you can pass the next obstacles. There can also be a dog tunnel. This tunnel is 60 cm wide. At last there can be a tire with a diameter of at least 38cm and at the most 60cm where the dog has to jump through.

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