Bussing Wins Dog Agility Trial
Salida, CO May 30, 2017.
The team of Laura Bussing and her Border Collie, Rayn, won the AKC Agility Trial in Lakewood. Team Rayn won Standard Excellent 20" and Open Jumpers 20" of the American Kennel Club Agility Trial held in Lakewood over Memorial Day weekend. They also placed in the Top 10 in Time 2 Beat. Bussing is a local dog trainer and her Border Collie, Rayn is 16 months old. Since her debut on the trial circuit one month ago, Rayn and her owner have won 8 times, earned 3 Titles and have 16 qualifying runs.
"I've been training 'Rayn' (Rising Sun Right as Rayn) since she was a small puppy to be prepared for this", says Bussing. "She has so much fun running agility; it is such a joy to be her handler. She has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. I am very proud of her."
Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the dog and coordination of the handler.
In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. The surface may be of grass, dirt, rubber, or special matting. Depending on the type of competition, the obstacles may be marked with numbers indicating the order in which they must be completed.
Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.
Team Rayn is off this week, but will be back competing at the AKC Agility FRAT Trial on June 9-11, 2017. The pair will continue to contest AKC Trials and will start USDAA sanctioned trials in August. For more information about dog agility, contact Laura Bussing at 719-539-4220.