The sport, loosely based on horse show jumping, originated in England nearly 30 years ago as half-time entertainment at the prestigious Crufts Dog Show. The demonstration proved so popular that Crufts asked the participants back, and agility was born. Today agility teams compete all across the world.
Agility is an ultimate team sport and athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. Dogs and handler must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. The obstacle course includes of jumps, weaves, poles and other fun objects. It provides fun and exercise for both the dog and handler.
You do not have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers numerous benefits for both your dog and you, including:
Confidence building – Agility is a great way to build confidence in insecure dogs. Conquering obstacles shows them life is not so scary and that they can do anything!
Strengthens Dog-Owner Bond – Agility requires great communication and trust between dog and handlers.
Exercise – Taking an agility class means getting active for both your dog and you.
Fun – Most important, it is cherished time that you and your dog spend enjoying an activity together!