Long Island Agility
WHAT IS and WHY AGILITY?
Agility is a sport for dogs and handler teams that is a relatively new and exciting. LIA was one of the first clubs formed. There is an obstacle course in which dog and handler maneuver through to completion in a certain amount of time. The skill, coordination and confidence of the dog plus the owner's ability to control the dog through a series of obstacles are challenged and developed. There are different levels of agility competition, from the beginners to "masters", "elite", or "excellent"..
There are also different organizations for agility in the United States. They are the United States Dog Agility Association(USDAA), North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC), The American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel Club (UKC), and Australian Shepherd Club of America(ASCA)
The use of the agility obstacles is designed to teach the dog to be confident and be agile, and to maintain teamamnship with their handler. The dog's judgement, timing and coordination are developed through practice and instruction. The sport of agility uses some of the following obstacles:
The A Frame (a 45 degree ramp that the dog must climb and descend);
The Dogwalk (a narrow plank the dog learns to traverse);
The see-saw, what goes up, must come down.
The Open Tunnel
The open tunnel can snake and be bent in different shapes to provide a challenging obstacle;
Weave Poles - "In and Out"
The Table - For this competition, dogs needed to sit for a count of 5.
The Tire- This brings the expressing "jumping through hoops" to life.