Agility: It's That Easy

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Agility: It's That Easy
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Agility as a sport is already well known, but if you haven't seen it before, you can imagine agility as show jumping for dogs. Both sports have a lot in common. Both the one and the other consists in high-quality and high-speed overcoming of shells by animals located in a certain sequence.

NB So, those who want to practice agility should remember: first, high-quality, and then high-speed overcoming of shells

As a sport, agility was born in England. Rumor has it that the idea came to fruition in 1977, and the dress rehearsal for the new sport took place at the Kraft in 1978. Events developed rapidly and already in 1979 the first rules of the competition were approved by the Royal Kennel Club.

Dog overcoming obstacles in agility competition, photo sport with dogs, dog photo
Dog overcoming obstacles in agility competition, photo sport with dogs, dog photo

NB Competition rules change from time to time

It took agility about ten years to cross the ocean. It was only in 1987 that the first competitions took place in France, and in 1989 the FCI recognized agility as a "doggy" sport.

And since the owners of both large and small dogs liked the new sport, they came up with mini-agility for dogs up to 40 cm in height at the withers and agility just for everyone else.

Mini-agility differs from just agility in the height of the shells and the length of the track - the shells are lower, and the track is shorter. So, before you start practicing, measure your dog.

NB There is mini-agility and agility, but they are equally reckless

Finally, agility reached Russia and its environs. Teams have been formed in a dozen cities and there is someone to fight with. Competitions of the republican level have already been held more than once and there is talk about the participation of the Russian national team in international competitions.

So, agility is the overcoming of shells located in a certain sequence. By the way, this particular sequence of shells is called a track. The shells and, accordingly, the track are located on a site with a minimum size of 30x40 m. The track itself has a length of 100 to 200 m and consists of 10-20 obstacle shells. The placement of shells, their sequence, repetition, change of direction of movement makes the track more or less difficult. The track can be the most unimaginable. Before the competition, it is drawn up by the chief judge and no one knows what comes to his mind.

NB The characteristics of the track are never repeated, that is, prepare your dog for variety

The obstacles recognized by the FCI are: hurdles, viaduct or wall, table, stopping area, swing board (swing), inclined wall (slide), slalom, hard tunnel, hoop, long jump, moat filled with water, cavaletti, ladder - bridges (boom), cloth tunnel bag.

We will get acquainted with each of the shells later and in more detail, but for now let's return to the dogs. If we talk about international class competitions, then dogs of all breeds recognized by the FCI and with pedigree can participate in them. So far, in the competitions held in Russia, there are no restrictions related to the breed and pedigree documents. You can participate with mongrel and mixed breed dogs.

The point is different, namely, that a black terrier or a Moscow watchdog, of course, will lose in speed to a Doberman or a German shepherd, and it will be incredibly difficult for a dog to get into the tunnel. Probably, for records the most suitable, well-mobile dogs of average and above average height in excellent physical shape, and for pleasure - all breeds.

The more important aspect for agility is not the breed, but the good breeding of the dog, its affection for you, its willingness to run around with you, not knowing why.

NB It is not the breed that is more important, but the good breeding of the dog

Until we start practicing the skills of overcoming obstacle-shells, take up the education of the dog.

Your dog should:

- be able to run next to you without a leash and collar and not run anywhere;

- be able to run both to the left and to the right of you;

- unconditionally execute the command "Come to me!";

- perform at the first command (and this is very important!) laying, landing and standing;

- move on command with the voice "Forward!" and a directing gesture in the direction you want;

- must love you more than anything else!

It is very important that the dog fulfills your requirements from the first command - delaying leads to wasted time and, therefore, penalties.

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