Training for competition, or just having fun |

Training for competition, or just having fun

Kathy Heicher

EAGLE – It wasn’t much of a leap for Jennifer Scroggins and Cindy Cohagen to transform their dog agility hobby into a business. By spring of 2003, they had created Foxfield Agility Center on Brush Creek. It’s named for a family of foxes that frequents the area.They now hold regular classes for dogs who will compete and those who just need exercise. Scroggins said dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds are capable of handling the course. Herding dogs – such as border collies, shelties, Australian shepherds – and corgis tend to be particularly good at the sport.Scroggins said she has seen a couple of great Danes competing at the highest levels; and a number of mutts, which are tactfully refereed to in the sport as “all-American breeds.”The only equipment needed are collars, leads, dog treats, a water bowl and a motivating toy for the dog.All of the obstacles the dogs use have brightly painted safety zones designating areas the dogs must touch with their feet. Initially, the dogs start out with low and small obstacles, and work their way up to the more difficult challenges.At a recent glass’s graduation night, Mariha Dumolt, 12, of Brush Creek tried to coax her poodle, Rufus the Red, through the a series of weaving poles. He wasn’t particularly interested and Scroggins told Dumolt she has to recognize when the obstacle is no longer fun for the dog, and to move on to the next station.Vail, Colorado

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