If one has watched performance competitions at all, no doubt one of them included an AGILITY event with its colorful jumps, chutes, tunnels, hoops, dog walks, A-frames, teeter-totters, and festive atmosphere! Designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations, AKC Agility involves a decent degree of athleticism on the part of both human and the canine athlete! Both participants – human and canine alike – require conditioning, concentration, training and above all teamwork in order to complete the agility courses. When a team performs a course correctly, truly it appears like a beautiful dance as dogs and handlers negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. It offers a great form of exercise for both the dog and handler and proves an attractive starting point for the novice handler and canine. Although many people start this sport “just for fun” and “something to do with their dogs,” several soon find themselves succeeding and subsequently “bitten” by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
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