More Notes and Vlog #2

Our first class is tonight! Here is a brief vlog about Belle (and her sister Luka) getting their shots. Belle needs hers for class, but they were both due to get them. Don’t worry, their big ol’ Lab butts don’t feel a thing.

Agility is an athletic event which demonstrates a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in varying situations. It requires conditioning, concentration, training, and (most importantly) teamwork. Handlers and their dogs traverse an obstacle course against a clock.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I hadn’t found out much about the classes.

BUT NOW I HAVE!

Sort of…

Standard Class has contact obstacles, like the A-frame and See-Saw. You can see more information on those obstacles on my previous post: Some Preliminary Notes. Dogs must place at least one paw in the contact zones in order to complete the obstacle.

Jumpers with Weaves only has jumps, tunnels, and weaves poles. There are no contact obstacles to slow the team down.

And then there is FAST or Fifiten and Send Time, this class (which I need more information on, to be honest), “is designed to test handler and dog teams’ strategy skill, accuracy, speed and distance handling.” (source) But that’s all I’ve been able to find on that. There is also Time to Beat or T2B, but I have yet to find a definitive answer on that which satisfies me.

So I didn’t find as much as I wanted to find, but I did still find more than what I found before. These classes are further divided into levels of difficulty and jump height. The levels of difficulty determine qualifying times and the number of obstacles.

The levels of difficulty determine how many obstacles there are in the course. Novice has 14-16 obstacles; Open has 16-18 obstacles; Excellent or Master has 18-20 obstacles. It is at the Master  level that a team may compete for a MACH title, Master Agility Champion.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.