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Since the announcement in 2003 giving independent agility show organisers the freedom to put on shows without the fear of sanctions, quite a few unaffiliated shows have been set up around the country. The British Agility Association (BAA) was formed by June Bass to act as a governing body to assure competitors that BAA sanctioned shows are well-organised with the dogs wellbeing at the top of the priority list.
The British Agility Association provides full hands on support and advice to all show organisers hosting a BAA sanctioned show. For more information visitwww.baa.uk.net
Auntie June Retires
Hayley Laches (pronounced lakes) is looking forward to taking over from June Bass as head of the British Agility ASsociation (BAA) from 1 September. She plans to make the BAA the place for beginners to start their agility careers as well as catering for the more experienced competitors.
She is bringing lots of new ideas with her and is looking forward running more shows and making them more accessible for everyone. Her Taming Canines training club members have been very supportive and will help running the shows.
Dog will remain jumping no more than one inch higher than their withers. Rings will be fully fenced. There will be no weaves for introductory classes, and silent toys can be carried into the ring
She explained that, having set up her own club and an annual show, she was keen to start running more shows. It made sense to kick start it with an organisation which was already established.
You can contact Hayley via her training web site http://www.agilitytrainer.webs.com, through the BAA web site - the domain name will remain the same - through her mobile 07907 882776 or by emailing email@example.com or via Facebook.
BAA Show News
The EMDAC Four Day Show at Easter will be the first ever show in the UK where dogs are jumping no higher than their measurement to the withers compulsory and no higher than one inch higher voluntarily.
Dogs jump closer to their own height in many other countries and BAA supports any change that proves to be beneficial to the dog's long-term well being whilst partaking in our hobby. Over the years we have collected a substantial amount of information which provides enough evidence to support our philosophy. A folder containing the documentation will be available at all BAA shows for competitors to read, copy etc.
I am sure there will be many pictures and videos produced over the coming season which will also provide further supporting evidence. I personally am looking forward to witnessing many dogs jumping more naturally and comfortably.
The BAA provides the following benefits for pet dogs in Agility:
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Have fun with your pet dogs!