When you're running an agility dog the last thing you want is for your clothes to let you down. Believe me, it does happen. Here's a lighthearted look at what to wear and what bits can malfunction.
If you're a bit top heavy you need a sports bra. It
has to be comfortable and supportive and above all it has to stop the dumplings boiling
over. I have heard tell of a buxom lady who daringly went braless in conjunction
with a skimpy top. By the end of her round people were laying bets on whether her
bits would escape upwards, downwards or sideways out of the armholes.
One Christmas my mother handed me a present and I unwrapped it eagerly only to find three pairs of big white knickers. Bloomers might have been more descriptive for they were approximately twenty times the size of my normal attire. They stayed unworn in my knicker drawer for several years. I never thought the day would come when I'd wear big knickers...and then I took up agility. Sorry girls. Big knickers are comfortable when running.
Someone at work once said to me "Why don't you wear spikes?" Ye gods! Imagine if I stepped on a dog or fell over the judge. As an ex hockey centre half, hockey shoes were the first things I thought of for agility. My Ditas lasted well and they're perfect for running on grass. They beat the wellies hands down. Yes, I have experienced that moment when I've got on the startline and looked down and I'm still wearing my wellies. Whoops! Lots of people wear trail runners now and they're a lot cheaper than Ditas. I gave them a whirl but I found them too grippy and it's not good for creaky knees. There's not enough movement for me.
Trousers have to stay up. No, I mean it. The bargain pair you bought in the sale will bring you instant fame if they fall down in the ring. It has been known for hapless handlers to cause no end of merriment by losing their trousers whilst running. Be warned. Agility folk would not let you forget this for a long long time. It's taken me a while to discover it but proper running trousers give you lots of movement and they are the easiest thing to run in. Beware though, some trainers can get the idea that your go faster stripes mean you can actually run a lot faster.
Do try and buy at least one garment with zipped pockets. At Kennel Club shows you can carry food or a toy in them. You can also carry the essentials like poo bags. Make sure the pockets are firmly zipped up. The ring party won't be amused if you leave trail of poo bags and emergency toilet paper behind you.
Hats and Other Odd Garments
Unless they're really secure take them off before your run. Go hatless especially if you have a retriever or a part retriever or this will happen.
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