The Barbet as an Agility Dog.

Dolly tackles the A frame.

Dolly tackles the A frame.

Dog agility is a sport where a dog is directed around a pre-set course of different obstacles by its handler against the clock. It is an excellent test of the relationship between dog and handler as the handler must only direct the dog with hand and voice signals and must not touch the dog or any piece of equipment.

 

The barbet is ideally suited to agility competition being an active, agile, intelligent and willing participant. Many years ago, a barbet was part of the four dog French International Agility team, and was highly regarded.

 

Agility is often seen as a natural follow on from basic puppy classes and obedience training as the dogs should be at least a year old so that their bones and joints are fully formed and the dogs are able to take the jumps and sharp turns in their stride. It is also essential to have a good level of control over your dog as a typical course will often include points where the dog has to come to a complete stop and pause for a set time before continuing as well as being able to take directional commands while running at speed.

The dog walk, easy for a barbet.

The dog walk, easy for a barbet.

Many of the more basic agility obstacles such as weave poles, small jumps and tunnels can easily be set up in your own garden and can provide a fun and stimulating part of your barbet`s daily exercise routine. Local clubs offer more extensive training and instruction and have a more comprehensive selection of the obstacles that are used.

 

 

 

More information about dog agility and help with finding a local agility class can be found on the AgilityNet website.