So you think you want to do agility?
You may have seen it on television, perhaps Crufts, Olympia or one of those shows where they showcase mad people obsessed with some unusual activity.
But how on earth do you get to be a mad person obsessed with agility? Alas, all too easily!
First seen as a display at Crufts in 1978, it was an instant hit, and here we are nearly three decades on and agility is a hugely popular international sport.
So what is Agility?
Dog agility involves the dog negotiating anything up to 20 obstacles, on a course designed by the judge, against the clock.
The fastest clear round is the winner, although practice is to place to 10% of the class (so if the entry is 100,
places will go down to 10th) plus rosettes for unplaced clear rounds. Faults are incurred for all errors as well as exceeding the course time,
and there are several ways of getting eliminated too. The two main types of class are agility and jumping
(jumping classes do not have contact equipment in them, agility classes do), but there are many other types of fun class.
If you do not want to compete, there is still no reason why you cannot train your dog, most clubs will have a mix of competing and non-competing members.
However, be aware that a lot of handlers started out doing it just for fun!