What is DOG Agility?
It is a competitive sport in which each dog and handler team runs an obstacle course together for the fastest, cleanest run. The dog runs the obstacles and the handler guides the dog through the course, a different course each time. Besides the thrill of competing, the team creates a style of communication and an intensity of their relationship that must be felt to understand. I often call this phenomenon the “Electric Leash.” It is the perfection of a dance team, synchronized in both movement and spirit for the duration of the run. It changes the relationship between dog and handler in every day life, as well. This profound experience is at the heart of the explosive development of Agility as a dog sport.
The Big Island Agility Club is a non-profit organization. Founded in 2006, our goals include providing a positive and athletic outlet to our dog community, for dogs regardless of breeding or size. Mixed breeds and pure bred dogs run together without distinction.
We strive to educate members, the public, and young people in particular to advance the interests of dog agility, encouraging sportsmanlike competition, and responsible handling and training of dogs in general.
Our members conduct training on a regular and on-going basis, and conduct competitive agility trials several times each year.
5 Wonderful Years
2006 - 2010
A Brief History of Big Island Agility
The original BIA logo you see above, showing 3 stars around the island, was designed to express BIA’s gratitude for the contribution of 3 agility instruction facilities/teachers across the
In 2003, at Paws, Gale Sansone and Tammy Goodreau arranged a seminar done by Terry Simons, an AKC and USDAA agility champion and instructor. Gale was at the side of
In 2004 on the east side of the island,
On a fun note, in 2004, what Gale called “
2006 was the banner year for creation of agility clubs on the
In May of 2007, in
Last but certainly not least, in 2011, Hilo Obedience Training Club, a long standing AKC obedience club on the
Since then, the
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BIA Board of Directors:
Director: Jeanne Peardon