Dog Agility Training Competition and Penalties
Dog agility is a competitive sport for a dog and his or her owner. The two compete together to complete a course within a specified period of time. The course might include any number of obstacles, including ramps, tunnels, teeter-totters, and hurdles. Dogs might be required to weave through poles or run through a tunnel and then scale a ramp. Let us look at the dog agility training competition and penalties.
The sport is as much about the dog’s skill as the skill of the owner and handler, who are challenged to guide the dog through the course at a good rate of speed and by using basic commands.
If you and your dog have tried dog agility training techniques and have found that you are quite good at it or need a new challenge, then you may want to look into the world of competition. There are so many dog agility competitions out there that anyone wanting to take part may choose to learn the rules and start competing. This includes the penalty rules for dog agility training because you may want to train your dog to avoid them from the start.
Like any other form of training, the use of dog agility training and equipment in the competition includes numerous faults that are punished in competition. The time fault is possibly the most common. You are given a specified time to get around the course, and should you go over that allotted amount of time, then you will be penalized. However, there are also other potential penalties that you need to consider. For example, if you miss a contact zone on a particular obstacle, miss the obstacle or navigate it incorrectly, then you are also penalized. Precision and speed are important in jumps because if your dog knocks down a bar, it can lead to a non-qualifying score in most agility trials.
At most dog agility trials there are some concessions made for different breeds and their particular abilities. Much depends on who is holding the trial, but here are some examples:
In the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) there is a championship program that requires dogs measuring 12 inches tall to jump at least 12 inches high. Dogs 16 inches tall must jump 16 inches high. But if your dog competes in the USDAA’s performance program, a 12-inch dog only has to jump 8 inches high, and a 16-inch dog only has to jump 12 inches high.
Some agility trials might give smaller dogs more time to complete certain obstacles since they must take more steps than larger dogs to cover the same amount of ground. Larger dogs might get more time to complete a course because theirs is often longer than the course of smaller dogs.
There are different extra rules for individual courses but the core rules stay the same. This means that you can learn the basics before entering individual competitions but will need to hone them for the individual course.
One of the best things about agility training is that there are truly no right and wrong moves you can make. You want to do well at the trials, of course, but how you get there is your business.
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