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Dog Agility Competitions Entertainment Or Serious Competition?

Dog Agility as Entertainment

Even if you are not a dog enthusiast, dog breeder or Crufts fan and have no interest in the finer points of dog breeding you can not deny that dog agility competitions have spiraled as a means of entertainment The entertainment they provide is thoroughly amusing, you soon become enthralled by the competitiveness and the displays of speed and agility of the dogs.

Unlike Horse show jumping where a horse is guided and influence by the rider to make a jump, dogs can sometimes show a streak of independence and no amount of drilling will make him jump through a hoop or to stop on a teeter-totter (see-saw). Often preferring to take a short cut by going around or below an obstacle, this of course adds to the amusement for the audience, and thwarting for the dog handler.

Dog Agility saw its first introduced at Crufts Dog Show in 1978 as a means of entertainment to fill the space between events, and to demonstrate a dogs natural speed and agility.Not knowing the impact it would have on the audience, grabbing the imagination of dog breeders and spectators alike. Atlast a dog sporting competition that even crossbred dogs could compete in , as the competition rules were designed around speed and agility and not aspects of posture, leaving entry wide open to everyone.

Dog Agility Competitions

This first display at Crufts saw a rapidly growing interest in dog agility as dog lovers were eager to get involved. The following year, 1979 saw many dog training clubs offering training in agility for dogs and owners. December 1979 saw the first Agility Stakes competition to be held. The International Horse Show at Olympia in London was the chosen venue. The resulting televised coverage and people's overwhelming response to this event, the sport rapidly gained popularity and went on to grow into local, then national, and eventually international, competitions with standardized equipment and formal rules. With trophies, prizes and prestige available for the winning duo, and the possibility of sponsorship deals with dog food manufacturers the sport soon became very competitive among dog agility handlers.

The dogs not their handlers steal the show and the limelight every time even if they fail every agility obstacle and refuse to cooperate with their handlers directions, they are loved by the audience and can are often followed at each annual event as people remember the dog for their amusing antics. Trophies, fame or hand clapping mean nothing to the dog, they just do it for the fun and to please their owners and a treat as a reward

Many pet owners who have been touched by this form of sport have extended it to include other pets, Bunny hopping or as it is sometimes known rabbit jumping has been popular in Sweden for a number of years and promises to spread world wide as the popularity expands. To read more about these fascinating sports visit the links to my website.


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