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Agility

agility dogsDog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Fast, furious and a firm favourite at many events, competitive dog agility is open to both mixed and pedigree breeds.

Agility is a comparatively new form of dog competition, where the animal's fitness and the handler's ability to train and direct the dog over and through certain obstacles are tested. 

Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction.

Although training can begin at any age, care must be taken with the joints and development of puppies to avoid injury. Puppies should only train on simplified and lower equipment. 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. 

Agility can be trained independently, at home, or with an instructor or club that offers classes.