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Deborah Davidson-Harpur shares her thoughts on the first course of the 2010 Cynosport World Games.

After a bit of a delayed start, the European Standard course provided several challenges for even the most experienced handler.  I enjoyed the course and got lots of experience on it since I ran it with three different dogs.

For big dogs, it appeared that bar #6 came down when the handlers were not expecting it.  For the little dogs it seemed that many took the off-course tunnel (#17) at the end of the dogwalk.  If you had made it down and over the A-frame and were clean at that point, you needed to keep your focus to avoid the off-course between #20 and #21 (#3).

When talking to other handlers about the course, most thought that some of the challenges provided, like the three jump sections #6-#8 and #12-#14, were things they didn't see often. The competitors enjoyed the opportunity to run their dogs at top speed, yet get mental and physical challenges along the way. Thank you to Wim Bekendam for this fun course!

Deborah Davidson Harpur has been active in dog agility since 1998. Before that she raced karts, was a nationally ranked driver, and was a writer/editor of Karter News Magazine, a national publication.  Since her move from racing on the track to running different breeds of dogs on the agility course, she and her dogs have really embraced all that agility offers. More about her team at


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