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Agility originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970's and made its way to Canada in the 1980's. In agility, the handler directs the dog through an obstacle course, that simultaneously demands both precision and speed. Canine competitors are divided according to height, experience level and age (i.e., veteran). It is fast paced, exciting sport, that demands teamwork from both handler and dog.

Course design is a key aspect of agility and the course designer will design the course according to the level of a specific class. English Cocker SpanielVarious courses will utilize different obstacles.

The handler will receive the course map before the competition and have an opportunity to walk through the course, planning their strategy. Scoring of the run is based on the number of faults incurred, as well as the time required to run the course.

In Canada, the prospective competitor may decide to compete under Agility Association of Canada (AAC) or Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) rules. There are an abundance of titles offered by both associations. Each association will define specific faults and criteria for their various classes, as well as title requirements.