Agility is one of the fastest-growing dog sports in the country—and for good reason. It is incredible exercise for both you and your dog, and it forges an even deeper relationship between you.

Dog agility is a sport where you direct your dog through a pre-set obstacle course within a certain time limit. Courses typically have between 14-20 obstacles, which can include tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws, and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time. At each trial, you and your dog will race around the unique courses designed for that day. All of this is done with your dog relying solely on the cues and body language you use to direct them on course.

Assess your dog’s temperament to be sure he is right for Agility: Is he highly energetic? Does he enjoy running and responding to instruction? Does he get along well with other dogs? If so, agility could be a great fit.

However, training does not only involve your dog. You are critical to the process. You do not need to be a world-class sprinter to do agility with your dog. Through training and the development of good communication, you and your dog can become part of the sport of Agility.

Watch a video of a dog performing Agility: