National dog agility team to hold first training session since winning World Agility Championships

The national dog agility team will be at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus on December 6, holding their first training session since winning the World Agility Championships.

The national dog agility team will be at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus on December 6, holding their first training session since winning the World Agility Championships.

The 60 dogs and their handlers from the Kennel Club’s Agility Team GB squad regularly train at the campus, which is home to the University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Training includes honing the dogs’ skills on agility courses, as well as fitness sessions for handlers.

The relationship with the University developed because of its work and research in the areas of performance animal biology and animal athletes. Staff and students will assist with the training and conduct observational research into agility dog jumping.

In dog agility competitions, dogs are judged on their accuracy and time over a course of up to 20 obstacles, and there are penalties for faults, refusals and eliminations.

Dr Jacqueline Boyd, the course leader for MSc Animal Health and Welfare at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Having Agility Team GB come to our Brackenhurst campus is a brilliant opportunity for our students to undertake applied research into performance animal biology with elite, international level agility dogs and their handlers.  

“Simply assisting on the team training days allows our students to obtain valuable experiences and gives them the opportunity to observe the training, welfare, management and the performance output of the team. Research findings from studies undertaken in previous years with Agility Team GB have provided our students with the opportunity to present findings both on the scientific stage and directly to agility handlers and competitors.”

Mark Laker, Agility Team GB manager, said: "Nottingham Trent University is becoming the home of Agility Team GB and we’re very proud to be associated with the great facilities there. We look forward to working with the students and staff who all make a valuable input into the teams successes.”

National dog agility team to hold first training session since winning World Agility Championships

Published on 27 November 2015
  • Category: Press office; Research; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

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