Agility














 

The sport of Dog Agility started in New Zealand in the late 1980s. It has become a popular sport with people of all ages and is a great way to interact with your dog, have fun, exercise and teach controlled skills to your dog.

Agility classes are held every Wednesday night (weather permitting) at the Otaika Sportsgrounds starting at 6pm.

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If your dog is around 12 months or older contact our chief Agility Instructor at agility@wdta.org.nz to arrange an assessment of you and your dog at a Wednesday night training session. Beginners agility is not started over the winter months (June through to August) as classes are often cancelled because of weather and ground conditions. Training is under floodlights during those months, which is not an ideal environment under which to learn.

You may be asked to wait until there are several new agility people ready to start.

In order to start Agility having some training basic handling skills and off-lead control of your dog is important. The aim of the agility beginners classes is to create a good foundation of focus and movement in an exciting environment.

There may be reasons why it would be beneficial for you to attend the “Pet Dog Manners” classes before commencing agility classes and this can be arranged as well.

As a handler with a dog new to agility you will learn how to teach your dog correct jumping skills, negotiate both types of tunnels used in agility competition, a long jump and a hoop jump. You will also be shown handling skills specific to agility as well as relationship building skills to help make you and your dog a great team. Many of these skills and tricks you will be able to practice at home with very little or no gear. It is important to practice at home during the week so that you and your dog can progress to the next stages of agility.

The next stage involves putting several elements/obstacles together so that you and your dog are completing a small course. Then you will progress to the contact equipment (elevated equipment) which requires dog control skills and you will also teach your dog how to negotiate through weave poles (a row of poles working up to 12).

Once you and your dog have progressed through these stages and are working well as a team you can look at starting some competitions such as Agility ribbon trials and our nation wide NALA (National Agility Link Associaton) competition which our club holds once a month at our Otaika club grounds.

As well as holding regular agility training nights, as an affiliated member club of the New Zealand Kennel Club, Whangarei Dog Training Association holds Agility and Jumpers Ribbon Trial competitions and Agility and Jumpers Championship competitions annually. The ribbon trials are in week 36 and the Championship competition is week 44  of each year. As a member of the Whangarei Dog Training Association you may enter any Ribbon Trial that any dog club around the country may hold. You are also able to become a member of the New Zealand Kennel Club and will then be eligible to enter all Championship events. 

The sport of Agility is fun and competitive, but it is a sport. It is well organized, with many competitions held around the country throughout the year. Just as in breed showing and obedience competition, Agility and Jumpers (now two different codes administered by the same body) offers Championship status to those who attain the right criteria. There are also other titles to be gained along the way if that is what suits you.

For more information and the rules of agility go to the NZKC Agility Committee website www.dogagility.org.nz. This site is ever-evolving and it now offers many services from pre-entering Ribbon Trials online to online entries for Championship shows (where the individual club has the capabilities). The annual calendar of events is also available on this site and Championship show schedules as they appear in the NZ Dog World (the NZKC Kennel Gazette) are also posted up here so if you lost your copy and need to enter, all the information is there!

For the latest Northern region show dates click here








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