The fast-growing sport of dog agility has become one of the most popular phenomena at appearances like Westminster and a welcome alternative for the persons who believe conformation demoes are archaic and outmoded
The sport of dog agility is easy to comprehend for a first-time spectator. The objective is simple: Unleashed puppies negotiate a serpentine obstacle course- clearing a series of hops, knitting their method around poles, darting through passages, obstruction through tires, sprinting up and down ramps and a seesaw- as quickly as possible under the guidance of their handler, who can rely only on articulation clues and body language.
At the highest form it’s dressage on uppers, marrying the human-animal bond and accuracy of equestrian athletics with the frenetic pace and inherent volatility of alpine skiing, where the margins that separate first place and calamity are often down to hair-trigger decisions imperceptible to the untrained eye. To the unfamiliar, it can seem like magic.
It’s not hard to see why this fast-paced and eminently televisable spectacle of scarcely restraint chaos has fast become one of the most popular affairs of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in the seven years since it was firstly added to the program- and a welcome alternative for the persons who imagine traditional conformation presents, where pups are adjudicated almost entirely on their form, are archaic and outmoded.
The introduction of an agility competition to Westminster celebrated a step forward for this emerging sport and few teaches have since made a bigger impact on the US scene than Perry DeWitt and Jessica Ajoux, who live together in the Philadelphia suburb of Wyncote alongside two of America’s most famous canine jocks: common borders collies Verb and Fame.
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