Dog agility is a competition sport that involves a dog running a timed course of obstacles consisting of various jumps, ramps and tunnels (usually in numbered order) quickly but accurately. The handler directs the dog with voice, arm and body movements all involving close and/or distance work. The handler is not allowed to touch the dog or obstacles nor use food/toys (these, however, can be used as training tools) as incentives.
Trials (competitions) are usually held over one day with Agility events (contacts, tunnels and jumps) and Jumping events( tunnels and jumps). Games rings may be held as well.
Novice, Excellent, Masters levels are based on the dogs' abilities not the handlers'.
There are also Open events.
Agility is a handling skill that requires quick strategic thinking, accuracy and often (but not always) athleticism. It requires teamwork between dog and handler that is the result of extensive training.