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Agility Course

Have you ever wanted to let your dog try out an agility course? Have you heard of the new up and coming AKC Rally and want to learn more? Then this is the place for you and your dog! The Agility Course and the AKC Rally Course are set up for a fun and non-competitive, interactive event. We've taken away the judges and stopwatch, and put the focus on fun and new experiences for you and your dog.

  

What is dog agility?

Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.

Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.

 

 

The agility course is being staffed by Applejack Kennels.