The UK’s national dog agility team has started their squad training alongside experts from Nottingham Trent University.
Team GB Agility is preparing for the European Open Championships in Hungary later this year by working with the university’s Animal Science department to research the health and welfare of the dogs and their handlers.
Team manager Mark Laker says they also want to draw on the experiences of other sports such as show jumping to develop dog agility.
“We tended to look very inwards [focusing on agility side of the sport] I think what we can do with the help of NTU is start bringing some fresh feelings, fresh ideas to the sport.” – Mark Laker, Team GB Agility Manager
Developed in the 1970s, dog agility is still relatively a niche sport, but is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
The British team has been doing very well internationally and won gold at last year’s European Open, beating teams from 33 other countries.