Goals of SSA:
To provide a venue where all dogs, even giant breeds can compete in agility and other sports and be successful because of positive training, course design and equipment modifications.
Why Agility For Big Dogs?
After reading an article on the internet about Giant Dogs and Agility which basically stated that if you have a big dog you can do agility if you want, but you will never be competitive. They went on to tell these owners to just resign themselves to the fact that they are only doing it for fun with their dog. They implied that big dogs could never qualify or title. The whole article just managed to make me mad. And the idea was born...we need a venue where big dogs can compete and be successful. One of the biggest obstacles in the way of the giant breeds is the jump height. No venue will let a 30 inch dog jump 12 inches….but a Saint Bernard might have a hard time repetitively jumping even 16 inches. So in SSA the handlers choose the jump height that they feel is the best height for their dog. The competition is not amongst Jump Heights as in other venues, but against levels, so you will compete against other dogs of your level no matter what height they jump. SSA uses some larger than standard sized obstacles, and Super Size courses are designed with a 30+ inch Saint Bernard in mind. All of these changes to the normal agility make SSA a great venue for the big dog, but it also makes SSA fun for dogs of all sizes.
Saturday April 10th, 2010 was the Super Size Agility "Maiden" trial at Rocky Creek Dog Agility. It was a great success, we have been holding about one trial each month since then. If you are interested in trying SSA look for our Trial Premiums and Entry forms on the Premium List page of this website. If you have questions contact Kim through the "Contact Us" page.
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because of positive training, course design and equipment modifications.
Who is eligible to compete in Super Size Agility?
Any dog of any breed as well as the mixed breed dog over 6 months of age who is capable of running the courses without injuring themselves. Dogs with hearing, vision and/or physical disabilities need to discuss the disability with the judge, the trial committee and SSA personnel to see if they believe it is safe to run the dog. Make sure your dog has matured physically before you jump them at full height or do weave poles. (And remember the jump height is your choice.) Dogs between 6 months and 12 months must jump 8 inches lower than their height at the withers. Dogs between 12 months and 18 months must jump 4 inches lower than their height at the withers. Dogs may not weave until 12 months of age.
Rules: (updated 9/13/2022)
Rocky Creek Dog Agility
110 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522, United States
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