PODENGOS DA FLORESTA
                                            "Podengos of the Forest"

    
AGILITY:
    
***   We are SO PROUD to announce that
                      ARBA CH Horacio de Viamonte, NA, NAJ  is the
           FIRST Portuguese Podengo ever to win an AKC Agility title.

                                          ( See our "Special Recognition" webpage.)



Portuguese Podengo Pequenos seem to love Agility as it gives their body work to do. They are quick to learn the different obstacles and jumps. Their excellent sense of sight enables them to read the body language of the handler very easily.

In this picture, Racio is coming out of the collapsed chute at a run looking to see what the handler wants him to do next on the course.

 

Moving over the Teeter Totter:
Climbing up the teeter totter to the pivotal point requires some getting "used to" by any dog. Being a small dog, the PPP has to be sure that they are balanced on the board so that it will also go down with their lesser weight and they may continue on with ease and speed.

 

Clearing the single bar jump:
Racio is clearing the single bar jump and looking to see what the handler wants him to do next. Keeping the PPP's  attention does not seem to be a problem in Agility as the pace is fast.
The Dog Walk:
Moving up the ramp and across the 4.5 foot high, 12 foot long dog walk is an easy task for the PPP as they are bred to be able to climb, jump, and scramble across and through rough terrain and over rocky ledges and boulders in their native country of Portugal as they hunt for rabbits.
Climbing the A-Frame:
Climbing the 6 foot high A-Frame may seem scary, but PPP's love the scramble up and are careful in the coming down.
Traveling through the Tunnel:
The tunnel is one of the most enjoyed obstacles that the PPP encounters in Agility. Sometimes they play "games" with you when they're in it. Whether it reminds them of an overly large burrow or a "critter's" den, they enjoy this particular obstacle a great deal.
        Photos for this webpage were provided
        by C. Schroeder on 5-28-06.
        With many thanks, Cal.
                                   Racio & Penny
 
 

                                                                                   

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