Dog agility is an exciting sport that is performed by canine athletes and their human handler. The dog and handlers perform as a team in negotiating a complex timed obstacle course comprised of various hurdles, contact obstacles and weave poles. Dog and handler teams compete against established course times and other dog and handler teams to qualify for agility titles and rankings at the various dog agility events that are offered throughout the United States and the World. The sport provides a tremendously fun and positive outlet for dogs, and is great exercise for both dog and handler.
Dog agility has grown into an international sport over past 15 years, but began in the United States around 1985. It was derived from dog agility events being held in England, which were modeled after the various equestrian jumping events held there. There are several sanctioned dog agility organizations in the United States that offer competitions, titling and championship events. These organizations include the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA), the American Kennel Club (AKC), the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), the United Kennel Club (UKC), Canine Performance Events (CPE) and Teacup Dog Agility Association (TDAA).
Training your canine companion to compete in dog ability events can be a very fun and rewarding activity for you and your dog. Splash 'n Dash agility is a training school located in Latrobe, and offers all levels of dog agiity training and instruction. Classes are progressive from puppy and beginner levels through competition level instruction. All classes are taught in a very fun and positive manner. For more information, visit their website.