207Teacup Dog Agility Events

207Teacup brings Teacup Dog Agility Association agility (TDAA) to Maine. 

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From the TDAA website:  The purpose of the Teacup Dogs Agility Association is to provide a competitive venue for dogs of small stature without regard to breed or pedigree; and to encourage course challenges that are comparable to the course challenges which face large dog handlers in other popular venues. 

Obstacles are scaled down to a size more appropriate to the little guys. Jump heights will be set in a range from 4"to 16", with adjustments for long-backed and short-legged dogs. 

Please note that participation in the TDAA is limited to small dogs, measuring no more than 17". There is no restriction on account of breed or pedigree. 

When the exhibitors walk the course they must take note of the short transitional distances between obstacles. Often it's only ten feet or eight. Sometimes it's no more than six.  The marathon loping between obstacles a small dog handler has to do in the big dog agility organizations doesn't apply to Teacup action. The small dog is tuned up and hitting obstacles at about the same pace a Border Collie might work obstacles set 15 to 18 feet apart. That means the handler has to be smart in his timing and keen on his feet. 

So what's the point? 

We've got agility in the AKC, USDAA, NADAC, CPE, UKC. Does the TDAA serve any useful purpose? 

The point of TDAA is a simple matter of respect. The small dog is scarcely tolerated in the big agility organizations. Courses are scaled for the big dogs. Equipment is scaled for the big dogs. Running a 6"Yorkshire Terrier on a course designed for a 24"tall Border Collie is just about as appropriate as running that same Border Collie on an Equestrian cross country course. Phooey on anyone who thinks that agility is about big fast dogs. Agility is a recreational sport with the family animal. And in the TDAA the little dog will have his day.  -  Bud Houston

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