Alex´Kennel - Agility
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Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs must run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives. The handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles, except accidentally. Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal.
The first widely-documented appearance of dog agility was as entertainment at the Crufts dog show in 1978. John Varley, a committee member from the 1977 show, was tasked with coming up with entertainment for the audience between the obedience and conformation competitions in the main ring. Varley asked dog trainer Peter Meanwell for assistance, and they presented a largely jumping-style course resembling something from the equestrian world to demonstrate dogs' natural speed and agility.
* You must run the course in right direction, otherwise you get disqulified
* You may not enter the obstical the wrong way
* You may not knock down or move an obstacles
Jump (or hurdle)
Two uprights supporting a horizontal bar over which the dog jumps. The height is adjusted for dogs of different heights. The uprights can be simple stanchions or can have wings of various shapes, sizes, and colors.
Similar to a slalom, this is a series of 5 to 12 upright poles, each about 3 feet (1 m) tall and spaced about 20 inches (50 cm) apart, through which the dog weaves. The dog must always enter with the first pole to his left, and must not skip poles. For many dogs, weave poles are one of the most difficult obstacles to master.
Teeter-totter (or seesaw)
A 10 to 12 foot (3 to 4 m) plank pivoting on a support, much like a child's seesaw. It is constructed slightly off-balance so that the same end always returns to the ground. This is done either by placing the support slightly off-center or else weighting one end of the board. This obstacle also has contact zones.
Three 8 to 12 ft (3 to 4 m) planks, 9 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) wide, connected at the ends. The centre plank is raised to about 4 feet (1.2 m) above the ground, so that the two end planks form ramps leading up to and down from the center plank. This obstacle also has contact zones.
Fault-signs: If the Judge raises an open hand, it means five fault, If the Judge showes a fist, it means refusal, and If the Judge blows the whistle, it means that a participant is disqualified.
* Panel jump
* Tire jump
* Broad jump (or long jump)
* Dogwalk / Crossover (the same)
* Teeter-totter (or seesaw)
* Weave poles
* Collapsed tunnel/ Cloth tunnel
*Table (or pause table)
Jens, our agility instructor
One of Klimpen´s training buddies
KLIMPEN in action!!!
Snake, working on his slalom skills!
Klimpen, just started training slalom!
A nice hug after pratice!