RIDGEBACKS IN AGILITY
AGILITY- Dog agility is a fun way to deepen the bond between you
and your Ridgeback through training the dog to complete an obstacle
course. This is a sport that Ridgebacks seem to enjoy with just some
training and a little food motivation. Our dog’s athletic ability is a plus
in this activity while their independent nature offers a challenge for
Agility is a sport with organized competitions where the winners are rewarded with titles added to the dog's official name. In competitions, a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog off-leash through an obstacle course (including jumps, tunnels, weave poles, ramps, etc.) Dogs compete only against dogs of similar height. The dog with the lowest number of mistakes and the fastest time wins the class or height division.
Originally loosely modeled on equestrian stadium jumpers competition, agility has evolved its own additional obstacles, scoring systems and performance ideals. It is the most rapidly growing dog sport in England, Western Europe and North America.
Agility is an exciting sport for you and your Rhodesian Ridgeback but joining a training class is definitely advised. For more information about agility training, follow this link to Training Classes. For more general information please visit US Dog Agility Association.