When do Agility Dogs Peak?

The topic for this Dog Agility Blogger Action Day is aging, and we are focusing on the natural trajectory of a dog’s speed over a career. We selected several fast, consistent, notable golden retrievers from the past and present and plotted their yards-per-second (YPS) in jumpers with weaves (JWW) over time.

  • Susie (Jane Simmons-Moake) – MACH14 PACH Flashpaws Runaround Sue MXS5 MJB6 MXP4 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX MXF MFS TQX
  • Holly (Jane Simmons-Moake) – OTCH MACH11 Flashpaws Hollywood Hotshot UDX2 MXG3 MJG4
  • Kelsey (Maggie Downey) – NAC MACH14 Flashpaws Kooki Lil Charmer UD MXB4 MJG4 MXP2 MJP2
  • Cutter (Lois Williams) – MACH15 Flashpaws Cut Me Loose ! MXC4 MJS5 MXF MFB TQX
  • Beamer (Jane Bronson) – MACH12 Fast-Traks Laser Flash MXS4 MJB5 MXF MFS TQX T2B
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Click image to view a larger, interactive chart where you can click on the legend to highlight a particular dog.

It appears that speed increases with experience, reaches a plateau that indicates the “prime time” of the dog’s career, and gradually declines (probably reflecting age-related physical changes). Of note, for these dogs, the plateau begins around age 5-6, and begins to decline around age 9.

Notes:
1. Kelsey and Holly ran in an earlier era of dog agility, and no data was available for their early career runs.
2. Only runs from excellent/masters JWW were included, mostly from 20″, but there are a few 24″ and 26″ runs included.
3. Beamer is still actively competing in regular classes.

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