Agility competitions, more often called Agility Shows, are fun; really!
Although called 'competition', the competition is your own: learn the course, run the course, get it right, get a clear round, then, go fast and clear, and, have good fun.
There is quite a bit that you will need to know about competing at agility, including details on the different levels, classes, obstacles, marking, getting and filling-in entry forms, what you may
need or want to take to a show, preparation, and what to do on arrival; but don't worry, Bea will help you with all of that.
Bea is very supportive. She may be there on the day and would help you to find your ring and walk the course. You will have a set amount of time to walk the course and Bea can help work out the
best way to run it; the idea is to walk round it, without your dog, to learn your way. You can walk it several times until you're sure you know it.
You are not allowed to carry anything in your hand during your run. Take your dog's collar and lead off and just leave them at the Start Line, someone will put it at the Finish Line for you.
If you make a mistake on a course, don't worry, you can carry on as most dogs like to finish and most Judges won't mind you finishing your round. Remember to thank your dog, even if your round
didn't go well, play with them and let them know you still love them.
It's also good to watch other handlers and other dogs, from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds, and, you can camp overnight and make a weekend away of the event.
~ COMPETITION ENTRANTS
Competition entrants for 2008 included Bea herself with Jessie, and Club Members Stuart with Rufus (Collie), Alison with Nicky (Sheltie), Maureen with Mason (Labrador cross), Ray with Benji
(Collie), Emily with Murphy and Tia (both Springer Spaniels), and Ella with Rupert (Westie/Cavalier cross).
During 2007, Ray with Benji, Alison with Nicky, Sandra with Blue, and Maureen with Mason all entered in open agility competition for the very first time. Stuart with Rufus came 3rd in a group of
over 200, Alison with Nicky in the top 10 in her very first round, and both Ray with Benji and Alison with Nicky won Clear Round rosettes : fantastic!
See Ray's testimonial on the 'Trainer, Bea Curtis' page.
~ HOW TO ENTER
Bea will guide you through the process of getting your dog registered with the Kennel Club on their Activity Register (application forms are available to download from the Kennel Club website),
which includes having them officially measured at an approved event to classify them as small, medium or large. Only then can your dog be accepted for shows.
You start out in Grade 1 (Elementary) and can progress to the top: Grade 7 (Advanced). There's Agility, Jumping, Jumping Combined, Agility Combined, and Helter Skelter Combined. You can keep it
simple, be more adventurous, play to you and your dog's strengths as a team, and have fun. More than one class will always be available to enter on any one day of competition; it can indeed be a
grand day out!
For news of events, details of shows and recommendations on competitions, contact Bea.
In 2009 Bea will be entering her puppy Tilly (Kelpie)in competition for the first time; watch and learn.
~ Agility Classes ~ Puppy Classes ~ One-to-One Tuition ~
Ray with Benji
Proud Maureen with Mason
Sonys with amazing Dixie
Guy one of our trainers an expert with Bull breeds
Deni one of our junior members who went on to win at crufts
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