There are two different kinds of tunnels. The open tunnel is a tube through which the dog runs as fast as possible. The closed tunnel, or chute, looks like a giant wind sock. The dog must run through it in order to push up the material and exit. The “sock” of the chute should be straightened after every use to ensure the next dog that goes through doesn’t get wrapped up in the fabric.
The weave poles are challenging for dogs to learn because the weaving motion is unnatural to them. Twelve upright poles, each attached to a heavy steel base, are set out in a row. The dog must enter between the first pole and second pole from the right side, then fluidly step or hop between each pole to the end. Clean Run sanctions the “Ultimate Weave Pole Challenge,” in which the dog completes 60 weave poles.
RESOURCES Books Agility Tricks: For Improved Attention, Flexibility and Confidence, by Donna Duford Competing in Agility: Entering Trials and What to Do When You Get There, by Cindy Buckholt Enjoying Dog Agility: From Backyard to Competition, by Julie Daniels Having Fun with Agility, by Margaret Bonham
With the exception of the AKC, the venues below welcome mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs. AKC (American Kennel Club) ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) CPE (Canine Performance Events) DOCNA (Dogs On Course in North America) JFF (Just For Fun) NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) TDAA (Teacup Dogs Agility Association) UKC (United Kennel Club) USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association)
Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’sNew Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.