A dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do
Dog Agility is a remarkable sport where a Dog dashes through an obstacle course where time as well as accuracy are being qualified. The dog’s handler can only use his or her voice and body signals to guide the unleashed dog, thus requiring a tremendous amount of training in order to conclude an intricate course in a matter of seconds.
Dogs score based on the number of faults incurred. Faults are counted in the number of obstacles that are knocked down or missed and time.
The dog in this particular competition starts off incredibly well. His handler is doing a magnificent job at guiding him through the course and they seem to be sharing a unique communication. But Dogs really don’t care about fame and fortune, so if something of greater important comes up before ending the race, nothing is going to keep him from doing it.
Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.
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