Most people's first view of Agility comes from the coverage of Crufts each year and the agility competitions held in December in conjunction with The International Horse Show at London's Olympia. However, there are hundreds of licensed Agility Shows held annually nationwide.
Agility was first introduced to the UK at Crufts in 1978 and the structure of the competition has not changed very much over the years. It's a comparatively new form of dog competition, where the animal's fitness and the handler's ability to train and direct the dog over and through certain obstacles are tested.
It is fast, furious and a great favourite with competitors and spectators alike. It can become a real addiction. It’s fun, friendly and keeps you and your dog in tip-top shape.
All sorts of dogs can take part. Your dog does not have to be a pedigree, or pure-bred dog, but to compete at Kennel Club Licensed Agility Shows it must be registered on either the Breed Register or the Activity Register. Size does not matter either, because there are Agility classes for all sizes of dogs,
If you decide that Agility is a suitable activity for you and your dog, your next step is to receive some expert training from a club such as... Derbyshire Dog Agility Club.
Whatever you choose to do with your dog, your dog will be a happier pet for being trained.