Libby jumping...as ever with her front and back legs crossed!
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.
In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standardised obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing. Usually the obstacles are 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 of equal importance.
So what is dog agility?
If you do not want to compete, there is still no reason why you cannot train your dog, however, be aware that a lot of handlers started out doing it just for fun! Here at Beancroft Agility many dog and handler partnerships choose not to compete although there are some that compete at high levels across the country. Whether you aim to compete or not you still learn the same foundation stages and take part in the same lessons, there is absolutely no pressure either way but you have to learn safely and its all about the partnership that you develop and the fun that you have together!