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The Hungarian Wire-
Other Activities which may be of interest
It is widely acknowledged that the Hungarian Wire-
Agility involves a handler directing a dog round an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. The dog runs off-
There are various course types but the two most standard course types are “Jumping” and “Agility”. Both can consist of hurdles; tunnels; tyres; long jumps; weave poles, with the “Agility” course having contact equipment made up of a dog walk; see-
One of the most helpful and informative websites is www.agilitynet.com where you can find an agility club/trainer; show diary and schedules; agility news and events; things for sale and lots more. Agility has seen a major increase in both organised shows and dogs entered over recent years. This is a fun sport for both dog and owner with different levels of ability and for young and old. Agility is again overseen by the Kennel Club and most events are licensed by them. As with showing dogs, there are Limit Shows, through Open and onto Championship shows, where dogs can become Agility Champions.
This is a much more focused discipline calling for a more controlled approach. Obedience involves training the dogs in disciplines to show the level of competence. Disciplines from the lower to the higher classes involve the same exercise, the level of difficulty being increased as the level of competency grows. Test exercises for obedience could include dog walking to heel both free and on lead, recall, scent discrimination, retrieve, dog sitting for a period of time, either with the handler in sight or out of sight. Again there is the opportunity to enter shows from Limited to Championship and to being able to own an Obedience Champion.
This is what was once described as a very hectic, energetic and enjoyable team activity. It involves teams of dogs, who are individually sent down a small hurdle course, towards a box, which when triggered by the dog, launches a ball into the air. The dog then is trained to catch this ball and return, over the hurdles to the handler. In team events, it is the team who completes the course in the fastest time, who wins the competition. Hungarian Wire-
Originally based on the training work undertaken with Police dogs, Working Trials are now purely for sport. Almost any size of dog can compete in Working Trials especially the lower levels which are called ‘stakes’. However, due to the size of the equipment used, mainly larger dogs are more suitable especially in the ‘Agility Exercises’ Any breed of dog either pedigree or non-
Nose Work – Involves tracking and search.
Agility – To test its agility, the dog must clear three obstacles -
scale and a nine foot long jump.
Control – The control exercises vary according to the stake. All stakes include heelwork, sending the dog away
and a stay.