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Agility

Beginner to Competition

Agility - Designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations, agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don't have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!
AGILITY CLASSES at Truckee Meadows
Fundations

Fundations incorporates games with shaping and reward based training techniques to help handlers and their dogs prepare for a positive, lifelong relationship as a pet and/or performance team. Dog and handler teams will learn skills to help them build confidence and increase the potential for success in canine sports and other events. The foundations taught in the class include games and activities for impulse control, body awareness, crate use, warm-up/cool down, and flatwork.

Agility 101

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Agility 102

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Agility Course Test (ACT) - entry level

The Agility Course Test (ACT) is an entry level agility event designed to introduce and welcome beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility. It is a great way for owners to bond with their dogs and teach discipline. In addition to demonstrating their dog’s entry level skills, handlers will now learn some of the sport’s basics like how to fill out an AKC entry form, check-in at the ring, take their dog in and out of ring, handle their dog while being judged and other skills that will help them when they move on to AKC agility trials with their dog.

There are two levels of ACT events – ACT1 and ACT2.
• ACT1 is designed for the beginner level dog to show beginning sequencing and performance skills.
• ACT2 requires an increased skill level shown by the additional obstacles to be performed.

Agility Dog
Overview
Test
Frequently Asked Questions
How Agility is Scored

Agility is a time and fault sport where the qualifying requirements are more challenging as the competition class levels get higher. There are two types of faults: time and penalty. Time faults are given for every second a dog goes over the Standard Course Time as set by the length of the course.

Below are examples of Penalty Faults that a judge may assess a handler and dog:

• Taking an obstacle out of sequence
• Missing a contact zone
• Displacing a bar or panel on a jump
• Jumping off the pause table before the judge is through counting
• Running around or refusing the next obstacle
• Exceeding the amount of time set by the judge for running the course
• Touching either the dog or any obstacle by the handler while running the course
• Outside assistance may be penalized
• Handler failure to control the dog may be penalized

Agility Jump Heights

The classes are divided by jump heights in order to make the competition equal between the different sizes of dogs.

REGULAR CLASS

8" Class – dogs up to 11" at the shoulder
12" Class – dogs over 11" and up to 14" at the shoulder
16" Class – dogs over 14" and up to 18" at the shoulder
20" Class – dogs over 18" and up to 22" at the shoulder
24" Class – dogs over 22" at the shoulder
26" Class – dogs may be entered at this height at their owner’s discretion.

A dog may jump in a jump height class higher than his/her shoulder measurement, but never lower.

PREFERRED CLASS

This class affords an opportunity for a greater variety of dogs, and their handlers, to participate in the sport of agility. Handlers have the option to enter the Preferred classes with modified standards of lower jump heights and five additional seconds on the course. They must compete at the required jump height.

Qualifying Performance

A perfect score in any class at any level is 100. A dog must earn 3 qualifying scores under two different judges. The minimum score to qualify is 85 in all classes except in the Master class where the minimum score is 100. The minimum time allowed to run the course and the number of obstacles to complete successfully, increase as the level of difficulty increases.