Dog agility is a sport where you direct your dog through a pre-set obstacle course within a certain time limit. Courses typically have between 14-20 obstacles which can include tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time. This requires good communication between the dog and handler to negotiate the course without mistakes. This sport allows handlers to demonstrate their dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions.
DOTC agility classes are open to all dogs, both purebred and mixed breeds that are at least 6 months of age.
Success in the sport is most dependent upon the relationship between handler and dog. This requires a time commitment at home. These classes are taught using treats and praise to motivate the dog.
Dogs should be at least 6 months old, be well socialized and have a basic understanding of simple commands. For example, commands like "come", "sit" and "stay" are helpful. Dogs should be socialized to other dogs and humans. Dogs in agility are canine athletes so they should be in good health, not overweight and have well-groomed paws and toenails.