Dog Agility Is...

04 May 2005Steve Schwarz

Even before I started this blog I wanted to write a philosophical article discussing the many important aspects of Agility that might not be apparent to the novice practitioner. Basically answering the question “What is dog agility about?“. For example, dog agility is about physical and verbal communication between the dog and handler; dog agility is about trust, dog agility is about playing with your dog, etc. Well this isn’t

exactly that article...

Doug at The Unofficial Blosxom User Group posted this article about Arttu Yl�rakkola’s Google hack(?) that he calls “What is…”. The idea is that you type words into the What is text field and Arttu’s script finds strings in web sites that contain the words within a sentence. It is a very clever and fun web page.

Doug’s post made me want to see how other Agility websites answered the question “What is dog agility?“. I’ve edited the results down to those that are closest to sentences and posted them below. I’ve highlighted some of my favorites. You can see the full list here: What is dog agility?

Dog agility is addictive.
Dog agility is the ultimate in canine obstacle course racing.
Dog agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog off-leash through an obstacle course.
Dog agility is a sport in which a dog moves through an obstacle course with the guidance of his handler.
Dog agility is a worldwide sport.
Dog agility is a team sport where a person and a dog form a team The handler is in charge of the strategy and the dog is responsible for the athletic.
Dog agility is not fun only for a dog and a handler.
Dog agility is a competitive sport that originated in England in the mid-1980s.
Dog agility is one of the fastest growing sports in the country.
Dog agility is a TEAM sport - you and your dog must work together as a team as you complete a series of performance challenges - jumping.
Dog agility is an activity that requires a lot of teamwork between handler and dog.
Dog agility is an exciting spectator sport.
Dog agility is the fun sport for you and your dog.
Dog agility is the most exciting spectator sporting event for canines to occur in years.
Dog agility is a fun dog sport which involves the handler and dog negotiating an obstacle course of over a dozen different obstacles.
Dog agility is one of the newest dog performance venues available for you to compete in with your dog.
Dog agility is the fastest-growing dog sport ever.
Dog agility is a rapidly growing canine sport where dogs must correctly and rapidly perform a series of obstacles under the guidance of their handlers.
Dog agility is for anyone who enjoys dogs.
Dog agility is a fast moving and exciting performance sport where dogs are directed by their handlers through a challenging obstacle course.
Dog agility is popular in the US.
Dog agility is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
Dog agility is the king of dog sports.
Dog agility is a series of obstacles which must be successfully negotiated within a specified time.
Dog agility is a fast growing sport run on what looks like an oversized playground for dogs.
Dog agility is fast paced and fun for both dogs and humans alike.
Dog agility is the fastest growing dog sport.
Dog agility is a fun way to spend time with your dog.
Dog agility is a fun and exciting sport in which dog and handler teams run through courses of obstacles.
Dog agility is truly a team sport.
Dog agility is a sport that requires the utmost in teamwork between human and dog.
Dog agility is a sport in which a dog runs through a timed obstacle course as commanded by the handler.
Dog agility is a sport in which all dogs regardless of breed can participate and have fun.
Dog agility is great for you and even better for your dog.
Dog agility is a fun and fast-paced sport where a handler guides a dog through a series of obstacles including tunnels.
Dog agility is one of the fastest growing sports in "Dogdom".
Dog agility is becoming very popular maybe the most popular pursuit ever.
Dog agility is a competitive sport in which a handler directs his or her dog over a timed obstacle course.
Dog agility is rewarding for both you and your dog.
Dog agility is a sport where dogs navigate through a variety of obstacles such as jumps.
Dog agility is a game where a dog follows cues from its handler to perform a sequence of jumps.
Dog agility is a competitive sport that tests a person's skills in training and handling of dogs over a timed obstacle course.
Dog agility is a sport in which handlers direct their dogs over a timed obstacle course.
Dog agility is a sport for people who like animals with too much time on.their hands?
Dog agility is a competitive sport in which handlers direct their dogs over a timed obstacle course.
Dog agility is something akin to Badminton without the hooves.
Dog agility is a fun sport that affords the handlers the opportunity to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work under a variety of conditions.
Dog agility is recommended by breeders.
Dog agility is one of the most popular sports an owner can do with his dog.
Dog agility is a fairly new sport.
Dog agility is a fun sport played with a dog.
Dog agility is always popular.
Dog agility is a must for adults and children alike.
Dog agility is a competitive sport that tests a person�s skills in the training and handling of their dog over a timed obstacle course.
Dog agility is a competitive sport where your dog navigates through an obstacle course in a race against the clock.
Dog agility is a fun sport for you and your dog.
Dog agility is very much a family activity and is the fastest growing animal sport in the world.
Dog agility is catching on everywhere.
Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs an off-leash dog through an obstacle course within a set time.
Dog agility is a sport in which a handler is given a set amount of time in which to direct a dog through an obstacle course.
Dog agility is fun for handlers and dogs and is an excellent way to encourage obedience while enjoying time with your dog.
Dog agility is a dog sport where dog and handler teams race through an obstacle course.
Dog agility is a great sport for owner and dog alike.

Maybe not the most philosophical definitions, but you’ve got to love any sport that can be defined as “akin to badminton without the hooves”.

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