Fidos get a workout at city’s first dog park agility course

Working out at the Bark Park Agility Course | Martha Benedict

Working out at the Bark Park Agility Course | Martha Benedict

HERMON —  The people and pooches of the Hermon Dog Park held a grand opening on Sunday for what is described as the city’s first dog agility course to help improve animal fitness.

The Bark Park Agility Course, funded in part with $10,000 from the office of Councilman José Huizar,  includes a training table,
tunnel, elevated dog walk, weave poles, and a jump bar.

But apparently many dogs were not into working out on a hot Sunday afternoon.

“Agility coursing is something dogs get trained to do,” said Martha Benedict, who took photos of the grand opening.  “The dogs on Sunday were more interested in each other than the equipment.”

Dog jump bars with ceremonial red ribbon| Photo by Martha Benedict

Dog jump bar with ceremonial red ribbon| Photo by Martha Benedict

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  1. I love my dogs like children, I really do, but please explain to me the need for this. 10,000 is a lot of dough. Really, is it for highly gifted dogs? Mine just like to run around and play ball and all that stuff. Is this for dogs who are hoping to become more agile, more challenged? I’m really curious. I took my dogs to a beautiful dog park in Malibu where they had this agility equipment and my dogs just peed on it. What am I not getting? Seriously, fill me in. Not trying to be snotty here. I am just wondering.

    • Agility coursing is a competitive sport for dogs or more specifically their owners. It’s sort of like having a disc golf course in a park except it’s an agility course for dogs.

  2. Dog agility courses can be great! I have a very athletic dog who loves to run and jump. I recently bought a hurdle from Amazon for him and a tunnel and he loves it! Agility requires you to train them on how to use the equipment and run along with them with treats etc. I think it’s fun for both and for dogs that need a little extra something to challenge them. Just my opinion though! 🙂 I see your point too $10k is a lo.t I’m sure this money was voted on by a neighborhood council or at least I hope!

  3. I went over today and checked out the agility course. The city was robbed. There is no way that crappy set of equipment, even with installation, cost $10k.

  4. I don’t know who decided on the obstacles but they obviously didn’t know what they were doing. The ramp is not supposed to be more than 12 inches wide per regulation. The weave poles have the bare minimum number of poles 6 (6-12 is regulation). And the elevated barrel isn’t even a regulation obstacle.

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