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What is Dog Agility?
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 as incentives, 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.
A-SIT is a Dog Agility and Dog Training Club based in Somerset – South-West of England, founded in 2009.
Agility: I tailor my lessons to suit your needs whether you just want to just try agility for fun, get fit with your dog, compete or win! As well as 1:2:1 lessons A-SIT also offers clients group lessons, fun days and support at shows. Most of my dogs have been rescues and therefore have come with a wide range of ‘special’ needs which I have worked through and from which I have gained experience and knowledge to share. All training at A-SIT is reward based, I truly believe that a dog learns best when it is motivated and set up to succeed.
Control & Manners: These classes started in 2016 and offer a group environment where you can learn how your dog learns and give them the tools to be become a well behaved, well mannered member of your family.
Ace it with A-SIT…. too cheesy? Maybe
At 7 years old I had my first taste of agility with our Family dog, Scrappy. Mum had already been competing for 2 years and I was now allowed to dabble in training. By the age of 8 I was competing; my first class (Junior U12 Jumping @ Chippenham 24/07/1994) was to be my first clear round – 9th place… but rosettes only placed to 8th, nevertheless I was still hooked.
I started training and running our rescue dog K.O at aged 10 and by age 11 we had won out of Starters (the alternative to winning into Grade 3 these days).
After Mum acquired a couple of dogs for herself, Sprite came my way, I have a habit of dressing my dogs in Purple and so the ‘Purple Posse’ began.
- I have been competing in Agility since 1994.
- I have been instructing agility lessons since 2003
- I have qualified as an Agility Club Approved Instructor 1st Class (The highest grade available).
- I have competed in a number of semi-finals and finals throughout the years at National levels.
- I am accredited Kennel Club Judge.
To conclude this page I’d like to share a quote that sums up what I have learnt about agility over the years and which I think applies to everyone:
“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” ~Author Unknown
It’s getting that umph out people and their dogs that I strive to achieve in my training sessions, but all the while doing so in a fun, consistent and positive way.