Intro to FAST Class
The FAST (Fifteen and Send Time) course is not offered all the time, so you may have not heard of it before. It is a newer “game” type event the AKC is trying to get going. It is a little bit like Gamblers if you compete in USDAA. Here is what it entails: You get a defined amount of time to run any of the 15 obstacles you want. Each obstacle has a set amount of points: Jumps 1 point, weaves 10 points, teeter 9 points, etc. You want to rack up as many points as you can, but for sure you need to get the minimum needed to qualify (varies). In addition, there will be a set of distance obstacles (bonus) you need to send your dog through. If you complete this you get 20 points, plus whatever the obstacles were worth. It’s kinda fun, once you figure it out.
About the author: Melissa is owned by an active Border Collie named Mocca, and 2 cats, Zoe & Kai. Melissa and Mocca compete in AKC Agility trials monthly, with the hope of continued advancing and further training. She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.