SA’s top dogs to compete in agility and jumping championship at Royal Show

2016-05-18 06:00
                                        PHOTO: SUPPLIED Sebastian is one of the unusual breeds competing – he is a Chinese Crested.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Sebastian is one of the unusual breeds competing – he is a Chinese Crested.

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A WIDE range of dog breeds and their ­handlers will be competing over two days at the Royal Show this year, in a quest to be named 2016 Wuma KZN Agility and Dog Jumping champions.

Spectators can expect to see the ever-popular Border Collies showing off their skills, as well as Australian Shepherds, Poodles, ­German Shepherds, Schnauzers, Shelties, Kelpies, Chinese Crested and Havanese dogs.

A number of dogs that have qualified for the national South African Agility ­Championships will also be a part of this KwaZulu-Natal championship.

The agility competition is designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler, as well as show its nimble nature and versatility over a challenging course of obstacles. It is an athletic event for both handler and dog that requires conditioning, concentration, training and most importantly, teamwork. The handler’s influence is limited to voice, movements and body language, while the dog runs off-leash without any food or toys as motivation.

Handlers and dogs at the Royal Show this year will be competing for top honours in all three disciplines contact agility, non-contact agility and dog jumping — and each discipline caters for three different sizes of dogs.

The courses are complicated and it is not possible for the dog to complete them without human guidance.

This year’s provincial agility and dog jumping championships at the Royal Show are on Friday, June 3 and Saturday June 4.

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