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Dogs Agility is a highly fun and explosive interest for dogs and owners alike, in some respects this is dogs meet show jumping, meets commando training, with the many varied sections of the courses the dogs and owners follow.
A highly popular event with people taking part just for fun and the social aspect or joining a team and competing.
There are teams and clubs for Dogs Agility throughout the U.K and other parts of the world, well known shows such as Crufts often display show but they can also be found at village fetes and horse shows.
Dogs agility is usually taken part by young adults and upwards in age, though some young children find it fun to work with their dogs, dogs must be a minimum of 18 months old so their bodies are better developed to cope with the activity.
You do not need any special abilities to start dogs agility training, obviously you will require a dog or be able to borrow a dog, some breeds are better suited than others, though it can be all round fun for dogs and owners of most breeds.
Dogs agility became popular and was first seen at Crufts in 1974, then it was more of a fun event with no stringent rules, the course was set out in a figure of 8 with the crossover being a table which is where dogs started and finished from, the rest of the course was laid out with weaving poles, tunnels, hurdles, see saw, tyre loop and more, the apparatus remain the same today and the emphasis is still very much one of fun, though since 1974 it has become a whole lot more competitive.
Join a team and learn just for fun this is a great way of having fun and keeping fit for you and for your dog and also helping to build a strong relationship and understanding between you and your furry friend. Many teams exist throughout the U.K. and if you are dedicated enough to put the time in with your pooch then you maybe lucky enough to find yourself on a team and competing locally, nationally and internationally.
This really is a fun sport to follow, you have the potential to make new friends, have lots of fun and also help your dog train in obedience and have fun too, join a team and compete for prizes and trophies.
Obedience 211, Flyball 208, Doggy Dancing 804, Heal Work to Music 812.
If you already own your own dog that is the biggest expense out of the way, cross breed dogs can start from as little as £50 and rise dramatically into hundreds of pounds for full breeds, dogs will need to be inoculated which starts at £30. Apparatus to practice at home starts from approx. £80. Club fees will vary look through HIPS Finder? for a club near you for up to date costs.
Level of Demand
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