Dog Agility training is a fun, and very active sport that people of any age can enjoy with their pets. First started for training service dogs for military and police work as well as protection, the average agility course, although now brightly colored and pleasing to look at is remnant of those very exercises needed to encourage extreme working ability.
There is no aggression in dog agility training however. This is a separate aspect of the rigors of working dogs. Military, police, and protection dogs not only needed to know how to protect and be aggressive, they needed to be able to move through obstacles in ways that facilitated chases most commonly seen in the field. Looking at the common agility course it is easy to see how the ramps, hurdles, and other obstacles were designed exactly for that purpose.
In competitive dog agility training the emphasis, however, is not on grilling your canine to chase bad guys, it is on seeing what physical accomplishments they can achieve while still being accompanied by discipline and work. Many obstacles in the dog agility training course have designed spots that much be made contact with making it necessary for both dog and handler to be observant and keen in concentration while still running the course at top speed.
There is very often a 'down box' either a marked out area on the ground, or an actual raised platform where at one point, even after moving at top speed and in spite of the fact that completing the course in the fastest time with the least errors is the goal, the dog must stop at the handler's command and lay still for a designated amount of time. This is the type of restraint that shows the teamwork, dedication, and training that dog agility training brings to the partnership of man and beast.
Very often hand signals are used to guide the dog through the largest parts of the course, making it possible for a well-trained team of handler and dog to compete even if the handler is not as agile as their canine partner. The great thing about dog agility training is that even without the pressures of competition, regardless of abilities or handicaps, any dog owner can enjoy the thrill of working closely with their pets to achieve a great bond and relationship through practicing any of the parts in a dog agility training course.