Agility is an obstacle course you run with your dog. It is a timed event where speed and accuracy are of equal importance. Agility is a challenging and fun sport for both dog and handler. Most dogs who are physically fit are capable of running agility. Dogs run at different heights depending on their height at the withers. AKC, UKC, NADAC, USDAA, CPE, DOCNA, ASCA, and TDAA are some of the venues for competing in Agility. All allow mixed breeds to compete.
What does a dog need to learn to do Agility?
A dog needs to learn how to work with the handler as a team. A great handler/dog relationship is crucial for success in Agility. Dogs are wonderful athletes and most learn the obstacles quickly, which is is actually the easy part of Agility. The handler has the much more difficult job of guiding the dog around the course in an efficient and accurate manner -- all at top speed and under pressure!
Who does Agility?
You will see people and dogs of all ages and abilities participating in Agility. Whether you want to compete at a Championship level or just run for fun, Agility is a very friendly and supportive dog sport.
Regular Members in good standing are eligible to participate in the Beginners Agility Class. Advancement beyond the Beginners level is subject to the instructor's recommendation.
When and where are Agility classes held?
Agility classes take place on Monday and Tuesday nights from approximately 6:00-8:30. In nice weather we are outside and in the winter we are in the buildings. If you are interested in Agility, feel free to stop out and watch a class.
Agility Program Regulations
All Agility students MUST work at least one of K-9's Agility trials per year
All students must help set-up and take down equipment. Students who do not help will not be able to participate in class.
Proper collar and leash must be utilized; collars should be sufficient to hold dog while tied up during equipment set-up/take down.
Students may handle only ONE dog per class; the only exception to this is in the Advanced class, and then only one dog is to be run per round; the second dog would have to wait until the next round.
All students must park in the lower parking lot. The upper parking area near the buildings is for Instructors, Board Members and vehicles with a valid Handicap permit.
Please see The Barker for the latest class schedule and instructors.
For all classes: Please arrive on time for you class and help with set-up/take down as needed. Failure to do so on a consistent basis is cause to be excused from training.
MONDAY 5:45-7:00 p.m. Foundation Agility 7:00-8:30 p.m. Advanced Agility - 2 concurrent sessions (JWW and Standard)
TUESDAY 5:45-6:45 p.m. Intermediate Agility 5:45-6:45 p.m. Foundation Agility 2
7:00-8:00 p.m. Intro to Competition
SATURDAY Noon - 2:00 pm Advanced Agility (Consent of at least one of the instructors is required to join this class. This is NOT a drop-in class for running courses. Regular attendance is expected.