Dog Agility events have been around for hundreds, and even thousands of years.
Ever since the canine breed was domesticated, for the usage of farming, hunting and companionship, humans have found creative forms to upgrade their relations with their best friends. The simplest way to describe what dog agility competitions are is this: a sport involves dogs and their owners, being handled to go through a course of obstacles, when the dog is motivated solely by the handler's gestures, movements, voice and signals. The trick is that the obstacles should be complicated enough so that the competition would be interesting and fair, but not too elaborate so that the dogs would be able to finish it, complying with the competition's rules and regulations. The dog agility competitions vary from country to country, and even from one region to the other, and they divide into different dog breeds, dog strength, speed, and the course complexity. The basic obstacles of the course are: A-Frame, the Walk Through, Crossover, Tunnel, Collapsed Tunnel, and the Seesaw. The dogs should be able to show jumping, walking, running and complying abilities throughout the obstacle course, and that way accumulate points.
Dog Agility events are popular
Since dog agility sports are highly popular, due to the love of humans to their best friend pets and competitions, and because this is relatively simple executed affair, there are plenty of dog agility events available to enter and participate around the world. Naturally, countries where other types of recreational competitions are popular, like canine beauty pageants and varied dogs shows, will be more prone to hold the bigger and more prestigious dog agility competitions. The dog agility events have begun In traditional UK, under strict ceremonial and royal attire, and spread out to the rest of the world as the love for dogs and shows grew along the general globalization. Nowadays, you can find other dog enthusiast countries such as Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, Italy, and even little Israel. Even though these competitions are being held in different countries, they are open to the international public and they hold lucrative prizes for the dogs and their owners, such as trophies and cash.
To all canine lovers, and their families, here is some useful information for your annual Dog Agility events for 2017:
Philippine Dog Athletics Association (PDAA) - January 22-23
American Kennel Club (AKC) - MARCH 24-26, 2017
Agility Association of Canada (AAC) - Aug 4-6, 2017
The Kennel Club (KC) - August 12-13
British Agility Association - August 25-28
Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) - Next Dog Agility competitions will be held in 2018.
There is a lot more to add and elaborate about this incredible sport, and even more to show, but the best thing would be to experience it alongside your best friend - the dog.