|Even if you don't recognize it by name, you have probably seen an agility competition.
Designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork.
Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock.
Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond.
And you don't have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits.
But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
The above Agility description was borrowed from the AKC websiteAgility will be held offsite Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at:
Top Notch Canines, LLC, 107 N. 57th Dr. Phoenix.
Obedience:(Monday & Tuesday)
|Obedience trials demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring
and emphasize the usefulness of the dog as a companion to humankind.
The objective of obedience trials is to recognize dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs in a manner that will reflect credit on the sport of obedience at all times and under all conditions.
In 2015, there were 130,894 entries in AKC obedience trials.
Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge’s mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises.
Accuracy and precision is vital, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are essential for a winning performance.
Each level of obedience competition - Novice, Open, and Utility - requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level.
The above Obedience description was borrowed from the AKC website
Rally:(Monday & Tuesday)
|AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from
the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility.
Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing.
The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing.
Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.
The above Rally description was borrowed from the AKC website