Beancroft Agility

Develop the relationship you have with your dog, keep fit and have fun!

Libby 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!


Betsy showing speed through the weaves...


Why train your dog to do agility?

Dog training classes are a great way to socialise your dog and meet other dog owners. All dogs will benefit from training classes, whether they are pets or going on to develop skills in different canine activities.

Things you may wish to consider include:

Do you like what you see are people happy and enjoying training their dogs?
Are the dogs happily focused on their human family?
Is the instructor giving lots of encouragement to everyone?
Are the instructors maintaining a controlled, safe environment for all?
Are instructors treating everyone fairly and meeting the needs of the whole group (or individual in a private lesson)?
Are people told about what they are learning and why? Do they know how this will benefit them?


Billy shows you why you should train your dog to do agility...he has the best fun! 

Ellie with her first agility rosette, first place!  

©Emma Conlisk 2012