Otis, a 5 year old Akita from Stockport, is making waves in the
dog agility world after he broke an agility club record, previously
held by a Border Collie.
Otis and his owner, Billy Walsh, started attending High Peak Dog
Training Society (High Peak DTS) in 2011 after they developed the
agility bug and it wasn't long until Billy and Otis broke the club
record by achieving 307 points in competitions.
Billy explains: "After we had achieved all we could in
obedience, we needed a new goal and I enquired about agility
training. After three previous failed attempts at gaining a place
at another club, I decided to enquire at High Peak DTS where we
The pair began to enter competitions and started to get clear
rounds, and it wasn't long before they were winning everything they
entered. They are now in grade 3 of agility and although Otis isn't
the only Akita competing in the activity, the pair are a well-known
sight at shows.
Neil O'Connor from High Peak DTS commented: "About 3 years ago a
chap asked to join our agility club. We are a club that prides
ourselves on welcoming any dog that enjoys agility, so we said yes.
Billy arrived at club on his first training day with Otis, an
Akita. I must admit a few of us thought he was being a little
ambitious but Otis showed a real interest in agility from the
start. Billy and Otis became regular faces at training - hardly
ever missing a week. It wasn't long before we saw his
This is just the beginning for Otis and although the pair plan
to emigrate to New Zealand later this year, they aim to continue
competing in agility.
Neil continued: "Otis really is a credit to his breed, a breed
that can often have a negative image. People seem to all stop and
watch when they both run - after all there are hardly any Akitas
that do agility and none that do it quite like Otis. We have tried
to find other Akitas that do agility but can only find a few that
compete in Australia and America. They are nowhere near the
standard of Otis."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Agility is for
dogs of all types, sizes and experience and it's fantastic to see
Otis doing so well in the sport. Otis and Billy's success
highlights how any breed can compete with hard work and dedication.
We wish them all the best for the future."
For more information on agility visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/agility