Very popular and relatively spectacular sport, opened to all dogs. It was born in Britain in the 70s. It was considered as a sport in 1991. (By the Fédération Cynologique Internationale - FCI).
This discipline develops dog’s intelligence and agility. It requires a good communication between dog and guide, but also knowledge of training fundamentals and basic obedience.
The aim is to beat by a dog obstacle course (parcour) consisting of diversified elements. The route is from 100 to 200 m and, depending on category, comprises from 12 to 20 obstacles (hurdles, swing, soft tunnel, viaduct or wall, wall, wheel, table, slalom, jump, bridge, rigid tunnel ), which settings causes that the route can have different degree of difficulty and speed. To overcome: palisade, footbridge, swing, the dog must wager at least one paw in the contact zone*, both on entering and while descending from an obstacle. For bypass each zone it will be charged with 5 penalty points. The dog must complete the course within a certain time, overcoming the obstacles in the right way. The order of the obstacles on the track riders will know just before the start. Dog enters the track without a leash and collar, not knowing the track, which it has to overcome. Guide leads dog only by voice and gestures. It is not allowed to touch dog or obstacles. Track must be passed in the stated order. In another case, the judges will disqualify the players.
Dogs are evaluated by judges in categories tailored to the size of the dog:
S - Small dogs up to 35 cm at the withers
M – Medium: dogs from 35 cm to 43 cm at the withers
L – Large: dogs above 43 cm at the withers
There are following classes of difficulty:
A1 - for dogs that do not have Certificate Agility ** yet
A2 – for dogs that already have Certificate Agility
A3 - for dogs classified three times on the first three positions (position 1, 2, 3) during rehearsals in class A2 without errors (0 penalty points).
The difference between the classes 1, 2 and 3 should result from the length of the track, its degree of difficulty and speed of passing the track.