Dog agility training – obstacles
Dog Agility Training : Standard Obstacles
Three contact obstacles, including the A-frame, see-saw, and dog
(Contact means an obstacle that has a painted “contact zone” that
the dog must touch with at least one paw.)
An “A-frame” is just two boards placed together in an a-shape. The
dog climbs up one side, and down the other. There are horizontal
slats on them for traction.
2. The see-saw is a plank set on a center fulcrum. The dog must
move from one end to the other, while coping with the movement of
3. The dog walk is essentially a balance beam for dogs.
of ten to twelve weave poles
(These are similar to a slalom course, where the dog weaves back
and forth between a set of vertical poles while going from one
end to the other of a path.)
tunnels, one collapsible tunnel and one pipe tunnel
One tire or hoop jump
winged hurdles, one of which must be a spread hurdle.
(Other additional hurdles (primarily of a winged-type) may be
added to meet minimum obstacle standards for each class level.)
to other sporting events, agility competitions also have different
classes to keep the competition fair and allow for the greatest
number of participants. There are size classes, age classes, experience
levels, and events for purebred dogs, mixed breed dogs, or both.
is truly a sport for all dogs, except the very young, very old or
exceptionally challenged. Done well, it provides challenge and excitement
for the dog, as well as physical conditioning and fitness, it provides
a mental challenge for the handler, and it increases the bond between
dog and handler for a satisfying emotional reward.
accessibility is part of what makes it so attractive to so many,
but as with any other sport, training is important for enjoyment
and the hope of successful competition. Agility training is not
especially difficult, but as with all dog training, it does require
commitment, consistency, persistence, and a positive attitude.
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