4-H Agility is a team sport that youth and their dogs participate in together. Patterned after the equestrian sport of show jumping, youth and their dogs learn to work together as a team to negotiate the course for standard classes or strategize a plan for optimum performance in games. Agility trials afford owners the opportunity to demonstrate a dog's physical ability and soundness, and willingness under a variety of conditions. 4-H agility gives opportunity for handler and dog teams to develop confidence, problem solving skills, patience, and responsibility.
Ohio 4-H Agility Purpose and Vision
- Create an environment for positive youth development through the relationship between dog and handler teams as they interact and enjoy the sport of dog agility;
- Encourage development of life skills such as relationship building, cooperation, responsibility, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making;
- Cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration between interested youth, their dogs, and caring, safe and experienced adults;
- Provide opportunities for youth to exhibit skills in a positive environment at the club, county, and state levels; and
- Provide support for volunteers and youth to continue to "Make the Best Better."