Agility can become a real addiction. It's fun, friendly and keeps you and your dog in tip-top shape. Most people's first view of Agility comes from the coverage of Crufts each year and the agility competitions held in December in conjunction with Olympia Horse Show.


However, there are more than 300 licensed Agility Shows held annually, not to mention the numerous special sponsored events which take place nationwide.


Agility Shows are fun competitions designed for the enjoyment of competitors, and to appeal to spectators. All sorts of dogs can take part. Preparing your dog to be able to compete successfully will take a little longer than the formal requirements.


It is essential that your dog is fully socialised and that you have effective control at all times, especially as your dog will be training and competing off-lead.


For safety's sake it is recommended that dogs do not start training on equipment until they are at least a year old. It is fast, furious and a great favourite with competitors and spectators alike. Your dog does not have to be a pedigree dog to take part, but it must be registered with the Kennel Club on either the Breed Register or the Activity Register.


If you fancy having a go, either to compete or for fun, contact Mandy on 07803251083

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