We hope to start offering agility training in 2019
I have been training in agility for more than ten years and currently compete with Bramble at Grade 7, the highest level in the UK. We frequently take part in Championship events and Bramble was part of the agility team that won 1st place at Crufts 2018.
Agility is a fast-paced, thrilling activity that combines skilful dog training and fitness. It is fun and ever-evolving, with new handling techniques and training methods constantly arising. Agility is open to all breeds of dog and aims to be as inclusive as possible. Although naturally more athletic dogs tend to steal the show when it comes to championships and grand finals, the sport is enjoyed by far more than border collies. Some notably surprising breeds that compete successfully in the UK include chihuahuas, pugs, basset hounds, labradors, dalmatians and even bulldogs.
Train the dog in front of you. The dog that needs to learn.
The dog that craves your time. The dog that wants to play.
They might not be the fastest,
Or the quickest to learn,
Or the best.
But they could be.
Train the dog in front of you.
The dog you love.
Jodie Forbes and her younger sister, Madeline Forbes both train and compete in agility with border terrier, Bramble. Both of them frequent agility shows throughout the year and between them, they have qualified for Crufts in five different agility classes since 2015.
Both are members of the Young Kennel Club, a branch of the Kennel Club that offers dog training opportunities and competitions for young people under the age of 24. To learn more about the YKC, click here.