AGILITY MILESTONES (by Peter Lewis) USDAA. Dog Agility Report, year-end review 2000 pp.33-34. Abridged
On recent travels to another country I was discussing the origins of agility, as what I had written for the Dog World Millennium issue (a European magazine) was still somewhat fresh in my mind. During the discussion I pointed out one or two early occurrences that could have changed the sport, some quite dramatically, and it occurred to me that agility followers might like to know about them.
As regular readers will know, the first official rules that were made were quite minimal and this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it allowed custom and practice to develop. Some of that custom has since been incorporated into the rules. On the other hand, if at the beginning additional rules had been made to cover every little point, then what subsequently developed as practice may never have become an accepted part of the sport. So what might have occurred that would make the sport look very different today?