Agility can become a real addiction. It's fun, friendly and
keeps you and your dog in tip-top shape. Most people's first view
of Agility comes from the coverage of Crufts each year and the
agility competitions held in December in conjunction with Olympia
Horse Show. However, there are more than 300 licensed Agility Shows
held annually, not to mention the numerous special sponsored events
which take place nationwide.
Agility Shows are fun competitions designed for the enjoyment of
competitors, and to appeal to spectators. All sorts of dogs can
take part. Your dog does not have to be a pedigree but it must be
registered with the Kennel Club either on the Breed Register, or
the Activity Register.
The formal requirements for competing in a Kennel Club licensed
Agility show are quite simple:
- Your dog must be registered with the Kennel Club, either on the
Breed Register or on the Activity Register.
- Competitors taking part in any Kennel Club licensed event must
familiarise themselves with the Kennel Club Rules and Regulations
beforehand. The Agility Regulations can be found in the Agility and
Flyball Regulations booklet.
- Dogs can only enter Agility shows when they are 18 months of
age or over and have been officially measured and placed in the
correct height category.
- You will need to have an Agility Record Book (available from
the Kennel Club online shop) in which to record your dog's height
category and all your competition wins and clear rounds.
Preparing your dog to be able to compete successfully will take
a little longer than the formal requirements. It is essential that
your dog is fully socialised and that you have effective control at
all times, especially as your dog will be competing off-lead. For
safety's sake it is recommended that dogs do not start training on
equipment until they are at least a year old.
Joining a Club
Plenty of regular practice is essential preparation for Agility
competitions, but supervised training at an Agility class is just
as important. There are a number of training clubs across the