Dog Agility is a sport open to all dogs, it is the fastest growing of the dog sports and most breeds, from Toys like a Chihuahua to Giant Breeds, like a Great Dane, could be suitable for agility.
Agility is fun sport for dogs and handlers to get fit together. Dogs are required to learn fun obstacles such as hoops, tunnels, weaving poles, scramble, dog walk, table, see saw and jumps.
Obstacle jump heights are suited to the dogs, jumps at 200 mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500 mm or 600mm based on the height of the dog at the withers.
Be aware that a few breeds may not be suitable for agility and it may be advisable they become spectators rather than participants. It is also advisable not to train overweight dogs or dogs with joint problems without consulting your vet first.
Agility training is specialized and offered by select affiliated Clubs. Agility training is through Agility Clubs (specialist) and then some of the Obedience and Training Clubs offer classes as well. Some affiliated Clubs require dogs to have completed basic obedience training before agility training can commence. Other Clubs will train dogs without any prior obedience training.
Puppies could start from eight months of age when their joints and bodies are fully developed. Fit adult dogs can commence training at any age.
Some handlers and dogs may only decide to come to training for the fun of it all… while the serious teams can move into the competition arena at 18 months of age.
The Agility Trial
Agility was originally developed from equestrian show jumping.
The aim of this competition is for a handler to direct their dog around a course of different obstacles to assess and enhance their intelligence and ability. It is an educational and sporting activity intended to improve the dog's integration into society.
Dog Agility competitions are held around Australia and the World. Most weekends Agility Trials happen and offer classes of the various levels of difficulty from Novice to Masters. Courses are set by the Agility Judges and no two courses are ever the same.
Competitions for Agility, Jumping and Agility Games include Novice, Excellent and Master classes. In Agility and Jumping there is also an Open Class which all the dogs compete against each other not just their height category. The Agility Games classes test the handler's strategic skills in classes of Snooker, Gamblers and Strategic Pairs.
A ‘clear round' must be obtained to receive a “Qualification” which is no time faults or course faults recorded on the course. As qualifications are gained “Titles” are awarded and the dog will progress to the next higher class, Novice to Excellent and then Master. The highest level of achievement is Agility Champion.
If you are interested in becoming fitter and wish to train your dog in agility or participate in agility trials, please contact your closest affiliated Agility Club or Training Club they will be pleased to assist you.
For all rules relating to Agility please view the ANKC website.
NSW State Agility Titles 2019
The DOGS NSW Agility Committee is proud to announce the inaugural NSW STATE AGILITY TITLES – 2019.
This is an Agility, Jumping and Games Trial that moves our sport forward and aligns Agility in NSW to the rest of the country. In 2019, the State Titles replaces what has been a wonderful celebration of the sport of Agility in NSW for the past 20 years – the DOGS NSW Festival of Agility.
Celebration of our sport is top of mind as we transition to the new format. By creating a State Titles, we have listened to the community, and created a vision where it is possible to move the sport of Agility into formal recognition, and importantly, gain support from the broader trialling community, the business community, and government.
The new format will see the competition run over 2 days in 2019 – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September.
The Festival Club Challenge will also run this year, along with the Dog of the Year Jumping and Agility Finals.
We are excited that the future of our sport lies with the upcoming talented young competitors and junior handlers that are increasingly joining training clubs and competition. To this end, a Junior Handler Competition will once again be part of the competition across the weekend.
The DOGS NSW Agility Committee would like to thank the many clubs who have supported the Festival of Agility in past years, and who have excitedly responded in continuing to support the Committee in delivering the great event that will be the State Titles.
Further, the many volunteers who have helped this year alone with Fundraiser trials, and who are eager to help with State Titles and upcoming Nationals – we thank you! Without the many hands who happily help time and again, our sport would not happen.
If you would like to help at upcoming events Spring Fair (Saturday 31st August, 2019) or NSW State Agility Titles 2019 (Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September, 2019), please drop us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries for the NSW State Agility Titles 2019 will be open on e-performance from Wednesday 26th June, 2019.