What is Agility?
Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in North America and one of the most popular classes offered at Crocus Obedience & Kennel Club (COKC). At an agility trial, you will see handlers run their dogs through complicated courses consisting of many kinds of obstacles including jumps, weave poles, tunnels, dogs walks, A-frames and see-saws. Agility is a challenge and a competition to be enjoyed by handler, dog and spectator. The main elements of the sport are good sportsmanship and fun for the dog and handler. Nothing may be included in agility that could endanger the safety of the dogs participating, the handlers or spectators. It is a sport that is open to all dogs, without regard for pedigree.
The sport of agility is a team sport, the team being the dog and his handler. The goal is to build a strong relationship between dog and handler. COKC’s philosophy of positive reinforcement is followed and we use play to promote relationship building and handler focus.
The agility instructors attend working clinics and seminars and compete regularly with their dogs in order to remain current with new teaching methods. The curriculum we have developed can be modified as necessary to enable all class dogs to be successful.