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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

submitted by JAG,
the Jersey Agility Club of Central NJ

Looking to try something new you can do with your dog? Think Dog Agility! Great for dogs of all breeds and sizes, the American Kennel Club calls dog agility "the most exciting canine sport for spectators", one that appeals to all dog lovers - from young people to senior citizens. It is the fastest-growing dog sport in the country and requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork - as dogs and handlers negotiate an obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and more in a timed competition. And the best place to train for agility competitions is with JAG, the Jersey Agility Club of Central NJ, a community of agility lovers.

JAG is an all-volunteer social club formed in 2000 that provides a quality, safe, supportive, and fun atmosphere for people to train their dogs in the sport of dog agility. Whether you are interested in agility for fun or to compete for ribbons and titles, JAG offers training classes for all levels – from beginner to expert. The club also participates in community events, providing information and dog agility demonstrations to local groups and therapy dog visits to local nursing homes. For those who wish to test their skills, JAG holds agility trials and matches under the rules and regulations of the AKC (American Kennel Club), USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association) and CPE (Canine Performance Events).

Special seminars and clinics with nationally recognized instructors are sponsored by the club, and JAG has a fully equipped outdoor practice area in Wall Township available 7 days a week for members. In addition to traditional venues, JAG also participates in VALOR – Virtual Agility League™ - providing training and competition for dogs (often rescue or shelter dogs) with fear or reactivity issues of people or other dogs. This offers a low stress opportunity for handlers of special needs dogs to demonstrate their dog’s agility skills and to have a certification of achievement for their training efforts. No dog is left behind!

JAG’s Junior Handler Program is a newer offering by JAG, dedicated to the future of the sport. If you are under 18 years old, and love training your dog, and want to learn more about agility, the Junior Handler Program may be for you. The program teaches young handlers the fundamentals of agility – training your dog to listen to verbal commands and body language, and both of you to work together as team. Want to join, but don’t have a dog? No problem! JAG has some wonderful agility retirees that would love to play with you!

Whether you are a serious competitor or just want to try agility on for size, JAG is for you! For information on current classes or to join, visit our website at or call 732-927-1524.

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the professional advice of your veterinarian.

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