Hoopers Agility, what is this dog sport?

Derived from agility, Hooper’s agility is a canine activity practiced in clubs. It is gentler and less stressful on the body than its cousin, it has the advantage of being accessible to all dogs, young and old, large and small. In practice Hooper’s agility strengthens the bond between the animal and its master, the latter being a passive actor, who remains motionless and must guide his little companion only by voice and/or gestures. Let’s find out more in this file.

What is Hooper’s agility?

Born in the United States out of the desire of the North American Dog Agility Council to provide an alternative to agility for puppies and senior dogs or dogs with joint problems, Hooper’s agility quickly became popular. Valued in Norway and Switzerland, it began to conquer France and the United Kingdom. Hooper’s agility is different from classic agility. It distinguishes itself in particular by the fact that it does not provide for jumps. The animal should move smoothly through arches, tunnels and obstacles, with less risk of impact on its body, which reduces the chance of injury. This puts less strain on the dog’s joints.

Hooper’s agility is thus a slightly gentler exercise, which opens up to many more doggy profiles. Its main purpose is to work and develop the dog’s ability to respect the advice of his master, as he will guide him from a distance along the trail.

Hooper’s Agility: What Are The Rules Of This Dog Sport?

Hooper’s agility is a dog sport that can be practiced in the context of competitions. that’s why there are strict rules. Here are the main ones.

  • The course of the Hoopers agility course must comply with legal standards.
  • Dogs are classified into two categories. The first category includes dogs that are less than 40 cm high at the withers. The second category includes dogs with a length of more than 40 cm at the withers.
  • It should be a circular and regular course, with obstacles installed in such a way that they do not change direction too abruptly.
  • The dog must be controlled remotely by its owner, with voice and/or gestures, and must work concentrated and quietly.
  • The animal must follow the sequence of the trail and complete it in a predetermined time. This is the maximum travel time, or RPM. If exceeded, the animal is eliminated.
  • The dog is not equipped with any equipment (neither collar, nor leash, nor harness) to avoid the risk of danger.

What are the Different Types of Hoopers Agility Races?

Hooper’s agility is a canine sport that comes in many types of races to satisfy all desires and vary the pleasures of doggies and their owners.

  • The Hooper Race : the dog follows a numbered course consisting only of hoopers, which are obstacles in the form of half hoops under which the animal must pass. It is these hoops that gave this activity its name (called hoop hoop in English).
  • the loop race : for this other numbered course, the dog has to follow a series of obstacles made up of hoopers at the start and finish and then barrels on the rest of the route.
  • The tunnel race : again, for this numbered course, hoopers are the obstacles of departure and arrival. For the rest of the trail it’s essentially tunnels, but it’s quite possible to put in barrels as well to vary the approaches.

What are the potential obstacles to Hooper’s agility?

Courses designed as part of Hooper’s agility can include five types of obstacles. They should be only soft and safe obstacles so as not to injure the animal while running.

Here are the five possible obstacles:

  1. the hoopersthese half hoops under which the dog must pass are at least mandatory to mark the start and finish of a course;
  2. the tunnelsof variable length and diameter, within which the hammer must pass;
  3. the barrelsobstacles that the dog must avoid;
  4. the coneswhich the dog must also avoid;
  5. trelliswhich serve to guide the dog and to demarcate the space of the course.

Depending on the level, a course can contain between 15 and 25 obstacles, spread over a playing surface on the order of 20 meters by 30 meters.

Hooper’s Agility: For Which Dog? For which master?

Hooper’s agility is an interesting activity for all dogs, big and small, young and old. Stimulating both physically and intellectually, Hoopers agility is a very good sport for dogs, especially for debilitated dogs, due to its gentle nature.

Moreover, the teacher is an essential actor, but immovable. This allows owners of dogs with mobility problems to actively participate. Children can also be actors in this practice if they have a good bond with their animal.

Hooper’s Agility: What Are the Benefits of This Canine Activity?

Hooper’s agility is a canine activity that has many benefits.

  • It strengthens the dog’s obedience: to perform this activity, the dog must listen to its owner. This work reinforces basic education and helps the animal to concentrate.
  • It contributes to the development of complicity: the fact that practicing an activity in pairs helps to strengthen and develop relationships, trust and complicity between the animal and its owner.
  • It stimulates the physical: this activity is physical and allows the animal to exert itself with its owner.
  • It is gentle: the animal is gently stimulated. Without jumps or abrupt gestures, it is accessible to all dogs. It can be practiced by puppies and senior dogs, sick and debilitated dogs. The risk of injury is absent if the activity is performed properly.
  • It stimulates the intellect: Practicing this activity stimulates the dog mentally.
  • It stimulates the puppy: The little puppy can practice Hooper’s agility to prepare for agility practice.