Agility was first introduced to the United Kingdom at Crufts 1978 and the structure of the competition has changed very little over the years. Some people think that Agility is the most enjoyable of all the canine sports for both dogs and humans. The sport of agility was patterned after equestrian events and combines handler control, agility, and confidence. The sport of agility is comprised of a course set up of many different obstacles. Agility courses usually consist of jumps, tunnels, a tyre, weave poles, and contact obstacles. The contact obstacles include the Dog-walk, A-frame, and See-saw. The dogs are required to have at least one paw touching the yellow painted areas on the way up and especially on the way down the contact obstacles. When performing an even number of weave poles, the dog must enter to the right of the first pole and weave each one until they exit the last pole going to the left. Specialist equipment may also be added such as a wall, wishing well or table. All equipment is constructed to competition standard and the proceeds from the club are used to improve and maintain the equipment, the club is part of BAGSD and is a non-profit making organisation. Agility classes are run on a friendly basis and all members of Reading BAGSD are welcome to attend
Classes are held during Spring & Summer months on Saturdays between 1pm – 3pm
at Glade House Tidmarsh Lane Tidmarsh Nr Reading RG8 8HG
Members are required to assist with course construction and removal before and after the classes. Please arrive thirty minutes prior to the start of the class and do not expect to leave until the field is clear. Handlers are advised that BAGSD insurance covers you during club activities, but we strongly recommend that a private insurance be taken out to cover your dog and yourself whilst taking part in this sport. Classes are normally six handlers per instructor and the equipment is to competition standard. Handlers with Dogs under twelve months old may attend the class for socialization; we would be pleased to see them. Dogs between ten and twelve months may take part but on a limited basis, young dogs will not be allowed to jump or weave. Exercises on contacts may be started but the equipment will be flat on the ground. Introduction to tunnels can be practised. Dogs should be socialised and trained in obedience, the dog should be able to return to the handler on command. The dog should be able to stay in either (sit, down or stand) in position prior to commencing an exercise. These disciplines are taught at Reading BAGDS Obedience Classes . If you have any issues with your dog that may cause a problem please contact Helen Hegarty. The basics are taught bearing in mind health and safety procedures, instruction is given on contact equipment, and jumping of hurdles at a low level. Running contacts on contact equipment at this stage is not recommended.
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