In the sport of agility, the dog and handler work together as a team, combining athletic ability and training to negotiate a course of obstacles such as jumps, teeters, tunnels and dogwalks within a prescribed time period. This requires special communication between the dog and handler to negotiate the course without mistakes. Agility is open to all dogs, both purebred and mixed breeds that are at least one year of age. This sport allows handlers to demonstrate their dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions.
Success in the sport is most dependent upon the relationship between the handler and dog. This requires a time commitment at home. The use of treats and positive praise are used to motivate your dog.
Dogs should be close to one year old with a good relationship with their handlers. An understanding of "come", "stay", "sit" and "down" is helpful. Dogs should be socialized to other dogs and humans. Dogs in agility are canine athletes so they need to be in good health, not overweight, and have well groomed paws and toenails.
Handlers wanting to train their dogs in agility should be in good health with a readiness to run and play with their dog. Handlers will need supportive running shoes and comfortable clothes.