Border Collie Agility
How agile is your Border Collie? Well, let me put it this way, in England, the
Border Collies are occasionally given competitions separate from other competitions with mixed breeds. That’s how
agile a Border Collie is, the dog is top of the list when it comes down to agility!
The agility event for dogs is a sport in which Border Collies dominate on, for they are the most
energetic species of dog. The sport consists of trials and obstacles that are set by the judges of the said sports.
Each event has a time in which it needs to be accomplished, and points are added and deducted for completing in the
best time, and not finishing with the time limit, respectively.
Your Border Collie has the speed and the motivation to do well in these events, and this is
considered to be an asset and also a disadvantage. The dog may decide he wants to do a specific obstacle first, and
try and go around the trial in the incorrect way and suchlike. To cope with this, it is the handlers responsibility
to teach the dog to recognize the names of the trials and obstacles, and he or she must be ready to give the name
of the next section of the event, when the dog is close to completing the current section that he or she may be in.
To succeed in these competitions, it isn’t just down to the dog to be great, the handlers must know the timing and
when to give the next command an so on.
Unlike other dog breeds, the Border Collie can work faster if the handler is at a distance and not
by its side. The Border Collie is a herding breed and needs little assistance from his handler in accomplishing the
obstacles given to him. A dog is faster than a human, and if the handler is by his side, he may just slow the dog
down. As long as your Border Collie can follow certain commands such as stop, go, around and so forth, he will do
well in the event. You need to teach a Collie to anticipate before you even teach him what he is meant to be
anticipating! This means training him to do something by command and not just by pure instinct. You have to be bale
to move and think faster than the movements of your over excited Border Collie.
In an agility obstacle course, the Border Collie is the most cheered for its speed, grace and sheer
athletic ability. They may not be the most accurate, because of their hyper characteristics and may be beaten by a
slower dog because of an incomplete task or an un-sequential task but as I’ve mentioned, they are the most cheered
at and if the handler is good than the Border Collie will dominate this sport.
Now, lets get to another sport that a Border Collie does well in. It is the relatively new sport of
fly ball. This sport is a test of true agility and speed and again, most dogs that enter this competition are
Border Collies, for it is the perfect dog for a perfect speed and agility game!
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