Agility

Agility  is a sport that is for active dogs that like to run with their handler on a course that has an A-Frame, dogwalk, teeter, table, weave poles and lots of jumps.

Puppy Agility

This class is for dogs that are under 1 year old. Puppies will work on coordination skills, learn to work with their owners and have fun while learning the barrel, tunnel, tire and other low obstacles. This class is for dogs that are under 1 year old. Puppies will work on coordination skills, learn to work with their owners and have fun while learning the barrel, tunnel, tire and other low obstacles.

Canines & Humans United, LLC (CHU) also has a venue known as Agility.

Agility is a dog sport which uses features the use of varied obstacles and jumps laid out in a course which is run against time with a handler and a dog as the “Team”. The handler directs the dog through the course without touching the dog or the obstacles. The dog is off lead for the duration of the run. This sport is not to be performed as formally as in obedience and should rather reflect the Teams partnership in fun, performance and athleticism. CHU offers titles in Standard, Jumpers, and Tunnelers, with more games still to come!

American Kennel Club (AKC) also has an agility venue.

Agility began in England in 1978. The AKC held its first agility trial in 1994.

Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers – from young people to senior citizens. It has great spectator appeal. Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. It is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.

The AKC offers three types of agility classes. The first, Standard Class, includes contact objects such as the dog walk, the A-frame, and seesaw. Each of the contact obstacles has a “safety zone” painted on the object and the dog must place at least one paw in that area to complete the obstacle. The second is Jumpers with Weaves. It has only jumps, tunnels and weaves poles with no contact objects to slow the pace. The third is FAST, which stands for Fifteen and Send Time. This class is designed to test handler and dog teams’ strategy skill, accuracy, speed and distance handling.

All classes offer increasing levels of difficulty to earn Novice, Open, Excellent and Master titles. After completing both an Excellent Standard title and an Excellent Jumpers title, handler and dog teams can compete for the MACH – faster than the speed of sound! (Master Agility Championship title.)

United Kennel Club (UKC) has agility, also.

The UKC Agility Program has quickly grown through the years to become the second largest participation program overseen by the Dog Events Department. Agility is one of our most beginner friendly programs. The UKC Agility program is one of the only agility programs to offer handlers and dogs new to the sport a chance to familiarize the dog on the course prior to actually trialing. Some other key factors that set UKC Agility apart from all other agility programs are the unique obstacles and the different requirements set for how the dog and handler must approach and complete each obstacle. Although the main focus is on the dog’s performance, and not based as much on speed you’ll still be amazed at the incredibly fast pace that these dogs complete the tough courses. In UKC agility the dog must have the confidence to work away from their owner as well as maintain the focus required to listen for the commands of where they need to go next. If you ever have the opportunity to sit and watch a UKC Agility trial or event better participate in a trial you will forever be amazed that the level of bond it takes to complete even the simplest course.

Teacup Dog Agility Association (TDAA)

The purpose of the Teacup Dogs Agility Association is to provide a competitive venue for dogs of small stature without regard to breed or pedigree; and to encourage course challenges that are comparable to the course challenges which face large dog handlers in other popular venues. Obstacles are scaled down to a size more appropriate to the little guys. Jump heights will be set in a range from 2” to 16”, with adjustments for long-backed and short-legged dogs.

Please note that participation in the TDAA is limited to small dogs, measuring no more than 20”. There is no restriction on breed or pedigree.

What strikes you first about a Teacup Dogs trial has to be the diminutive size of the obstacles. “Cute” is the word that most often comes to lips; Cute. The teeter is eight feet long and is painted mostly yellow. The A-frame is two feet wide with six foot ramps. The tire looks like something found in a doll-house. The bar jumps are taller than they are wide.

When the exhibitors walk the course they must take note of the short transitional distances between obstacles. Often it’s only ten feet or eight. Sometimes it’s no more than six. The “cute” thing doesn’t play so well when the dog’s start running. The marathon loping between obstacles a small dog handler has to do in the big dog agility organizations doesn’t apply to Teacup action. The small dog is tuned up and hitting obstacles at about the same pace a Border Collie might work obstacles set 15 to 18 feet apart. That means the handler has to be smart in his timing and keen on his feet.

There are 3 levels in the Standard level: Beginner, Intermediate & Superior.

Games has 3 levels: Games I, Games II & Games III.

Today there are over 1,900 dogs registered in TDAA representing 81 breeds including All American. TDAA has clubs in 18 states, with dogs registered in 39 states, Mexico and Canada.

Dog Agility Classes – 1 Night per Week (1 hour per week)

Puppy Agility – 5 weeks for $80

This class is for dogs that are under 1 year old. Puppies will work on coordination skills, learn to work with their owners and have fun while learning the barrel, tunnel, tire and other low obstacles.

Beginning Agility – 5 Weeks for $80

You and your dog will learn the basic agility equipment which includes jumps, tire, dog walk, A- Frame, various tunnels and teeter totter.

Advanced Beginners Agility

You and your dog will continue to improve your connection while running the course. You will learn new handling techniques so your dog can work farther away from you. Several more pieces of agility equipment will be used to keep the dogs enthusiasm high. Weave pole knockout is played to encourage improvement of accuracy.

Intermediate Agility

You and your dog will continue to improve on obstacle discrimination, handler moves (reverse flow pivot, cross-over turn, blind cross, front cross), higher jumps, and control and / or motivation of your dog.

Advanced Agility

You and your dog will work on sequencing of an agility course, understand how to “chunk” a course before competition, work on some more fun agility equipment (pretzel tunnel, water jump & more), and complete the “Senior Agility Award” requirements.