Agility For Jersey was formed in Jan 2011 from the agility section of the Alsatian (GSD) Training Club, which has been going for over 40 years.
It was decided that as the section now had so many handlers and dogs, it would be better to form our own club purely for agility only.
Agility is a fun, fast and exciting sport for dogs and handlers. The dogs must complete a course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other obstacles; whilst the owner guides the dog using their voice and body language. The challenge is to complete the course with the least number of faults, in the quickest time possible. With experienced dogs and handlers completing complicated courses as fast as they can, this is equally testing and stimulating for both dogs and handlers.
Who can take part in agility?
Any dog who is fit and healthy can take part in agility, although certain breeds are better suited because of the jumping involved (if in doubt, check with your vet first) All sizes and breeds of dogs are welcome, with the height of jumps altered accordingly.
Dogs can start agility training on equipment at 12 months old, and start competing at 18 months old. This ensures that their bones have had a chance to develop fully first.
Particularly large breeds of dog may have to delay starting training until they are 18 months, but again we would advise that you follow the advice of your vet.