Ever watch those AKC (American Kennel Club) agility trials on TV and wish you and your dog could do that. But they’re so fast! And some of those obastacles seem pretty complicated for your fluffy friend! Guess what. There are other agility programs available.
Katie and I recently did a fun day of agility, this time under NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) rules with NADAC equipment. Where UKC (United Kennel Club) goes for precision (straight on and off equipment such as the dog walk) and safety, NADAC encourages speed along with precision. But there’s another step toward safety in their equipment. They like to use hoops (think big croquet hoops or see picture on http://k9corps.club/ an Appleton, WI NADAC club) for the dogs to go through instead of jumps, which is a great boon for dogs with joint issues. They have fewer types of obstacles and the courses are set up for good flow (not so many tight turns). They also have numerous types of course. If you have a dog particularly good at tunnels, there’s a course that’s almost all tunnels.
Our fun day wasn’t a trial, so there were no ribbons. But, because it was all in fun, we did “win” a t-shirt representative of our past winter. See the picture from June 1, 2014 from just north of where I live. Our ice-capped Great Lake Superior even made the national news. Have fun…whereever you are with your loveable, four-footed companion!
Our local Animal Shelter paired up with a professional photographer for a fund raiser. Of course I couldn’t pass up supporting my local shelter. So, please bear with me as I show off the results. And no, I’m not fond of having my picture taken, but I seldom am in the picture with my furry babies unless it’s at a dog show.
Slippers, on the left, has a big personality as you can see. She’s nine months old here. Katie, on the right, is my sensitive sweetie. She turned 3 years in October.
Slippers graduated from her first agility class. She’s picture second from left. She was far from being the star of her class, taking five weeks out of the eight week course to finally conquer the teeter-totter and elevated dog. But, she rode to every class with great anticipation and loved greeting her fellow classmates. Then there were the training treats. Hey, she’s only nine months old. What can a human expect.