So what is dog agility?
I asked some of the super handlers who come along every week what they thought dog agility was.
Here's one succinct quote from Kate O: Agility is building a bond with your dog, getting fit, learning new things, learning to trust your dog and yourself, getting out there and having fun!
See some more great quotes at the bottom of the page!
How agile is your dog?
I bet they can jump, but...
Will they sprint away from you? Listen when you want them to change direction? turn towards and away from you? Go through a tunnel? Weave in and out of poles? Climb high and run fast over different surfaces?
Learning to do dog agility and/or hoopers teaches them that and much, much more!
Most, but not all dogs are suitable for these dog sports. Dogs that enjoy exercise, running and clambering have the best fun and get the opportunity to work with you to negotiate a course which get a little more complex as you both gain experience.
Whether you aim to compete or not you still learn the same foundations and take part in the same lessons, there is absolutely no pressure either way but you have to learn safely and it's all about the partnership that you develop and the fun that you have together!
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 and Hoopers many dog and handler partnerships choose not to compete although there are some that compete at high levels across the country.
After a series of foundation flatwork lessons where together you learn the basics on the ground and with all of the hoopers equipment, chasing and rewarding and building the bond you already have, you move on to the series of lessons where these skills are put together and you can begin to complete more complex and longer sequences of obstacles. For those who wish to work in agility we will now go on to introduce the equipmnt specific to that too, once the flatwork is strong.