Dog agility is an intense, active sport for dogs and their human partners.
The dogs race full tilt around an obstacle course somewhat like those found in military basic training, leaping over, under, around, and through obstacles. Their human partners race full tilt around the same course, directing the dog from obstacle to obstacle in the correct order. The dogs never make mistakes. (We leave it as an exercise for the reader to explain how a dog ends up on the wrong obstacle from time to time.)
Once youve tried dog agility, plain old obedience seems dull.
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Some of the obstacles are:
Jump   Tunnel A-frame Tire   Collapsed tunnel     Weave poles (like a slalom)     Teeter totter     Table/platform Dog walk (like a tall balance beam for dogs)
Its fairly new to North Americathe first North American agility competition took place in 1989. The Europeans started it several years earlier.
10. Exercises your dog.
9. Exercises your little couch-potatoed muscles.
8. Stimulates your dogs intellect.
7. Improves your reflexes and reaction time.
6. Gets you nifty ribbons if you practice enough.
5. Builds a sense of teamwork between you and your dog.
4. Improves your dogs obedience skills.
3. Gives you something to do with all that spare money and land youve got lying around.
2. Impresses your friends and loved ones at all of your barbeques.
1. Its totally awesomely fun.
Dogs. You name them, theyre there. Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Shelties are common. Youll see Collies and Goldens and Huskies and on and on. The All-American, Pedigree-Challenged, Mixed-Breed, Heinz-Variety Mutt wins a lot. Leonbergers and Newfoundlands display energy youd never think youd see in dogs of that size. Papillons and pugs popularly participate.
You have to like your dog, and your dog has to know some basic obedience. You have to like working with your dog as a team rather than treating him as another object around the house that needs dusting.
You should both be in reasonably good physical condition. If youre not (through sheer neglect), this will help. Dogs can start agility at a fairly young age, but should never do anthing requiring full jumps, leaps, and twisting until their bones are fully formedat least 1 year or older.