Here at Alfheim many of our dogs enjoy competing in agility, rally and obedience trials. For a number of years we have tinkered in rally and obedience, training intermittently and only entering an occasional trial, picking up a few titles along the way. We had fun, but it wasn't a major focus. Recently though, towards the end of 2013, we found agility and Avery quickly became hooked. The dogs love training and trialing and we keep busy with classes and trials. We have competed in a variety of venues including AKC, CPE and TDAA. We have a lot to learn, but everyone is having a great time!
Even if you don't recognize it by name, you have probably seen an agility competition. Designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don't have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
Rally & Obedience
Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. Obedience trials allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn titles.
Rally is a companion sport to Obedience. It too requires teamwork between dog and handler along with performance skills similar to obedience. Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC events for new dogs and handlers, and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skills. All dogs are eligible to compete in rally.