Dog Agility in Gloucestershire
Whitminster Canine Activity Training Club
We are a Gloucestershire-based dog agility club that promotes healthy, happy dogs through training and activity. Our training methods are reward-based, under the supervision of friendly, experienced instructors. Our club caters for all breeds from Jack Russell Terriers, Whippets, Dobermans, Spaniels and of course Collies.
What is dog agility?
Agility was first introduced to the UK at Crufts 1978 and the structure of the competition has not changed very much over the years. It’s a comparatively new form of dog competition, where the animal’s fitness and the handler’s ability to train and direct the dog over and through certain obstacles are tested.
It is fast, furious and a great favourite with competitors and spectators alike. Your dog does not have to be a pedigree dog to take part, but it must be registered with the Kennel Club on either the Breed Register or the Activity Register. So in leymans’ terms it is an obstacle course for dogs. It is a fun activity that helps to create a bond between you and your dog, and to make it even better you get fit too!
There are several types of courses ranging from Steeplechase which is mainly jumps and tunnels, to a full blown agility course which includes equipment such as the A Frame and See Saw. The course is set out in a specific order and will be numbered, you and your dog then need to “run the course” from start to finish, with the least amount of faults. At Whitminster we provide classes which cater for all abilities, including foundation work.