Welcome to Happy Feet Agility

What is Agility?

Agility began in Great Britain in 1978 as a demonstration at the most prestigious Crufts dog show. The show committee wanted a way to fill in the spaces between Obedience and Group judging. John Varley and Peter Meanwell from the show committee came up with dog agility. Borrowed from the idea of equestrian events. The fast pace, pure joy for the dogs was enough for the spectators to see this was going to be one of the most contagious new sports for dogs. The United States jumped into the fun in the early 1980’s. From there the rest of us caught the bug and have spread it very quickly.

Why has agility taken off so well?

Agility is such a great way to really bond with your dog. They learn by following your body language. Something dogs were born to do.

When you start to teach yourself and dog how to maneuver the course and obstacles it is incredible to see the light go on in the dogs’ head when they get it. Dogs become more confident with their own body placement, we become more aware of our ability do things. I myself am much more confident in an agility ring than an obedience ring.

The best part of working in agility is that it is open to all dogs; mixed, rare,and pure breeds. All those over sized or under sized breed dogs are very welcome. (even mis-marked Boston’s!) At this point AKC is the only organization that does not allow mixed breeds or rare breeds not recognized by them to compete in their performance sports.

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Little dogs run for fun (and for K-9 Cancer)

 Deb Chvilicek's Boston terrier, Al, demonstrates his skill in tunnel running - Photos by Julie A. Jacob

Toy dogs may be small, but they have boundless energy and spunk. More than 50 little dogs showed off their speed and athletic skill and proved that they ca do everything the big dogs can do at the Roy’s Run’s for K-9 Cancer agility event this weekend at the Greater Racine Kennel Club on 6 Mile Road.

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Roy’s Run Agility Benefit Helps with Canine Cancer Research

Over 50 small dogs with big hearts sailed over jumps, ran through tunnels, hopped on tables, and listened for their owner’s next command. The enthusiasm of these teacup dogs was outmatched only by that of the owners who participated in Roy’s Run for K-9 Cancer, a benefit agility event to raise money and awareness for canine cancer research.

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