Agility


At Jimboomba we offer agility classes for beginners to competition level. This fast paced, enjoyable sport has become very popular in recent years and is great for fitness, fun and building the human – canine bond.


 

Agility FAQs – thanks to Wikipedia

What is dog agility?

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-lead with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. The handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

What is an agility course?

In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles, laid out by an agility judge in a design of his or her own choosing on a roughly 30 by 30 metre outdoor area. Numbers indicate the order in which the dog must complete the obstacles.

How does an agility competition work?

Because each course is different, handlers are allowed a short walk-through before the competition starts. During this time, all handlers competing in a particular class can walk or run around the course without their dogs, determining how they can best position themselves and guide their dogs to get the most accurate and rapid path around the numbered obstacles. The handler tends to run a path much different from the dog's path,

Printed maps of the agility course, called course maps, are often made available to the handlers before they run, to help the handlers plan their course strategy. The course map contains icons indicating the position and orientation of all the obstacles, and numbers indicating the order in which the obstacles are to be taken. Course maps were originally drawn by hand, but nowadays almost all course maps are created using a program called Clean Run Course Designer.

Each dog and handler team gets one opportunity together to attempt to complete the course successfully. The dog begins behind a starting line and, when instructed by his handler, proceeds around the course. The handler typically runs near the dog, directing the dog with spoken commands and with body language (the position of arms, shoulders, and feet).

Because speed counts as much as accuracy, especially at higher levels of competition, this all takes place at a full-out run on the dog's part and, in places, on the handler's part as well.

Scoring of runs is based on how many faults are incurred. Penalties can include not only course faults, such as knocking down a bar in a jump, but also time faults, which are the number of seconds over the calculated standard course time, which in turn is determined based on the competition level, the complexity of the course, and other factors.

How do I begin agility training?

Dogs can begin training for agility at any age; however, care is taken when training dogs under a year old so as to not harm their developing joints.Dogs generally start training on simplified, smaller, or lowered (in height) agility equipment and training aids (such as ladders and wobbling boards to train careful footing);however, even quickly learning puppies must be finished growing before training on equipment at standard height to prevent injury.

Introducing a new dog to the agility obstacles varies in response. Each individual dog learns at his own pace; confident dogs may charge over equipment with little encouragement, while more timid dogs may take weeks to overcome their hesitations with much encouragement.

Common reasons for joining an agility class include:

What agility classes are offered at Jimboomba?

1 Foundation Class – 6.30pm for 7:00pm start

For beginners – this class provides the essential grounding for future agility exercises and introduces a number of core behaviours that are essential for safe and effective agility handling. 

2 Equipment – 6.30pm for 7:00pm start

For Foundation Class graduates – this class leads on from basic skills and introduces the core obstacles in a controlled environment.

3 Novice – 6.3pm for 7:00pm start

Following on from equipment, handlers build and navigate basic courses to beginning competition level

How do I enrol in Jimboomba agility classes?

Contact Jacqui fixit@iimetro.com.au 

Foundation and Equipment classes are offered periodically and places fill fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.

So You’re Ready to Start Competing?

You have worked hard training your dog and are now at the stage where you can start trialling and attain qualifying scores towards your titles.

OK - so where do we start. If you are new to trialling, it can all be very confusing. Ask the wrong person and they will tell you all you have to do is enter a competition and turn up on the day with your dog!!! What could be easier? But for a 'newbie' it's not so cut and dried.

Membership

Let us start at the very beginning. Before you can compete in a trial, you and your dog must be a member of Dogs Queensland. Download the membership application from this website or contact the office and one will be posted to you.

Canine Control Council (Qld) trading as Dogs Queensland
Frank Nicklin Pavilion
5-9 Costin Street
Fortitude Valley 4006

PO Box 495,
Fortitude Valley
Qld 4006

P: 07 3252 2661

F: 07 3252 3864

W : dogsqueensland.com.au

E : dogsqld@powerup.com.au

Once you become a member of Dogs Queensland you will receive a membership card, which will indicate your membership number. Keep this card in a safe place. You will also the latest Queensland Dog World Gazette, which has all the details for scheduled trials, and some blank entry forms. Dog World Queensland is a monthly publication and will be posted out to you at the beginning of each month.

Prior to Trialling

Entry Forms

Measuring

What do I do now that I have gained my first title?

You have now passed 3 qualifying trials with your dog in Novice! Well done. Once you have qualified, it is important that you know you cannot now enter the Novice class again, unless the closing date for the next trial has passed. You can enter the next class however, but you MUST have completed the next step - which is -

It is necessary now for you to forward the following:

Check List:

Agility links

dogsqueensland.com.au