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Top Dog Agility Club
Olympia Washington area with semiannual CPE events
The Sport of Dog Agility
Dog agility is a fun, fast moving sport in which the handler must direct their dog through and over a series of obstacles as per the judge's rules.
It is modeled after equestrian jumping wherein faults are given to teams for refusing obstacles, knocking bars, and exceeding the set course time. Some courses encourage strategy and creativity in running the course for competitive points. The dogs’ flexibility and athleticism have allowed the sport to grow and include more challenging and diverse obstacles: tunnels, teeter-totter, dog walk, and A-frame.
There are several competitions in western Washington every month.
Safety of dogs and handlers is of primary importance. Wear comfortable shoes with good soles. Follow what your trainer says and practice at home.
Dogs should be healthy, sound, free of internal and external parasites, and able to see and hear well.
Dogs need some basic obedience training, such as: sit, stay, down, come when called, maintain control around other dogs, and accept handling by strangers.
Off-leash heel work is a big plus, but not required.
Agility work begins by starting the dogs on low jumps and obstacles. The height or width of the obstacle is increased slowly as training progresses until they are finally at competition level.Dogs start their training on leash with positive rewards of praise, treats and toys.
There are several providers of classes for beginning, novice, and advanced agility teams. Check our "Resources" for links.
TOP DOG currently holds at least two Canine Performance Events (CPE) trials a year. The club also holds periodic agility and other canine-related seminars. They have regular meetings and include group practice in the club's activities.