aGILITY: the ability to move with dexterity and grace
while performing difficult actions on demand
Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys in the ring and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.
In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.
Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.
At Rave we have classes for all levels of agility from beginner puppies to international level dogs – we host seminars, fun matches and sanctioned trials along with our weekly classes. Read more about our classes and sign up here.
RAVE focuses on FUN, Positive training methods for you and your dog!
We are located in Nanaimo BC Canada and train in the barn at Beban park in the winter and outside on grass in the summer.