IPSWICH dogs are jumping for joy at the chance to take part in dog agility training sessions in Tivoli.
The trendy canine sport involves handlers directing their dogs around obstacle courses in an attempt to both negotiate the obstacles correctly and 'beat the clock'.
The obstacles can comprise various types of jumps, ramps, elevated walks, poles that the dogs weave through, different types of tunnels and a see-saw.
Ipswich Obedience Dog Club member Dale Gott holds dog agility training sessions at the hockey grounds at Mt Crosby Rd each Wednesday. Mr Gott said the sport had been around for decades but only in recent years had it seen a rise in popularity.
He attributed its trendiness to the fact that dog agility competitions received a lot of publicity on television.
"Its long been a popular sport in places like the UK and the US and now we are seeing more dog owners get into it in Australia.
"It's exciting to watch and you can actually see the dogs smiling as they run through the courses."
Mr Gott said he held 10-week beginner's courses for any dog owners and their pets interested in taking up the sport.
The Peak Crossing dog owner said it generally took about 18 months of training to build a dog up to competition standard.
He said most dog breeds had to be older than six months before they could be trained.
For details, phone 3812 9142.