I don’t do agility with my dog, but I know that it’s a world with its own rules, humor, goals and idiosyncrasies. It’s also a world filled with some incredible positive reinforcement dog trainers. Here, some agility humor: a video advertising pants that keep the judge from seeing if the dog makes “contact” with the yellow areas. Seems to me like a skirt would do the same job…But skirts aren’t funny! Not funny like running around in webbed clothing while your dog runs on seesaws.
So what’s an agility contact point? I asked the same question. According to PositiveDogTraining.org:
One set of dog agility obstacles are called contact obstacles, because they include yellow contact zones on one or both ends. To successfully negotiate these obstacles, your dog must get at least one paw in the contact zone. Contact zone rules were created to increase safety for you dog. Without the contact zones, dogs might be tempted to jump off an obstacle from too great a height or attempt to mount an obstacle in an unsafe manner.
This video is part of the World Agility Open US Team 2012, which will compete for the international title in Belgium in late May 2012.