When each dog completes the obstacle course..the dog gets his leash and the owner and dog .. play TUG THE LEASH
?? WHAT IS THAT ??? and it is every single dog !
When each dog completes the obstacle course..the dog gets his leash and the owner and dog .. play TUG THE LEASH ?? WHAT IS THAT ??? and it is every single dog !

Well, first of all, not all dogs do that even in the venues where it's allowed. (I gather you've been watching agility on TV? Just like most other things, they don't show you the whole picture.)
Second, some venues don't allow it. In the venue I primarily compete in, it'll get you NQ'd, so you won't see ANY dogs doing it. Or at least hardly any; once in a while you'll see it - and then you'll see the judge signal a "elimination", and after that an owner whining about it. Too bad for her that she didn't bother to read the rules before entering.

But to answer your question, it's very simple: the owners are rewarding their dogs by playing tug with them, and/or having the dog redirect the drive from running onto the toy. (In that context, the leash is a toy.) The reason it's not "legal" in some venues is that since toys and food aren't allowed in the competition ring, it's considered equally unallowable for people to skirt the rules by substituting the leash.
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When each dog completes the obstacle course..the dog gets his leash and the owner and dog .. play TUG THE LEASH

It's a reward - tug is probably Friday's biggest reward, and since in training his slip lead is close at hand, we play tug with that.
In competition my venue faults for "toys in the ring". A leash becomes a toy when it's used for tug, so a good "leave it" is worth having.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
When each dog completes the obstacle course..the dog gets his ... IS THAT ??? and it is every single dog !

Well, first of all, not all dogs do that even in the venues where it's allowed. (I gather you've been ... aren't allowed in the competition ring, it's considered equally unallowable for people to skirt the rules by substituting the leash.

In the UK you'll often see people (including me) playing tuggy with the leash while waiting in line to competel, to get their dog ready to run.

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In the UK you'll often see people (including me) playing tuggy with the leash while waiting in line to competel, to get their dog ready to run.

That's fairly common here, as well, although in NADAC (the venue I run in) there's an expectation that you'll do it in a reasonably controlled fashion - IOW not in such a way that it's not a significant disturbance/distraction to other dogs.
I do it with two of my three, although not as much as I used to now that they've matured somewhat. With the lurcher, it's low-key playing to get her in the mood of cooperative play. With the Jack Russell, when she started competing at 20 months it was a way for her to defuse/expend energy while waiting her turn. And infinitely preferable to pulling towards the ring and baying.
She's now 4, and has learned to save her energy for the ring much better. Yes, JRTs can learn self-control! :-D
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Pigdog doesn't do agility, but he does enjoy walking himself. If I give him the loop end of the leash he'll trot off pleased as peaches with himself, and he stays right on my heel too. Damned thing I ever saw, a pitbull walking itself Emotion: wink
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When each dog completes the obstacle course..the dog gets his leash and the owner and dog .. play TUG THE LEASH ?? WHAT IS THAT ??? and it is every single dog !

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Pigdog doesn't do agility, but he does enjoy walking himself. If I give him the loop end of the leash ... with himself, and he stays right on my heel too. Damned thing I ever saw, a pitbull walking itself Emotion: wink

When Cin was little, we did obedience lessons and those that competed always played lead tuggy.
For my own cause, I used this to teach my dog to pick her lead up and hand it to me should I drop it - a very useful trick and one that came in handy today!
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In the UK you'll often see people (including me) playing tuggy with the leash while waiting in line to competel, to get their dog ready to run.

My Rocky only plays tug with other dogs, rarely with me. Friday loves tug with both man and beast and prefers it over food treats. With him, I use tug as a reward as opposed to a motivator - he certainly doesn't need any encouragement to get wound up for a run (though my friends take great delight in seeing how wound up they can make him).

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.