All dogs must be over 18 months of age or over and fit to take
part when entering a competition, as it is such a physical sport
and so much training is necessary before a dog can compete.
Types of Agility Show
Agility Matches are restricted to members of
the show society only.
Limited Agility Shows are restricted to members
of the show society, or competitors from a certain area, or,
limited to certain breeds, or, numbers of class entries, overall
numbers of entries or other limited agreed by the Kennel Club.
Limited agility shows may have 3 standard progression
Open Agility Shows are just that, open to
all who wish to take part and may cap the total number of dogs in a
class (the minimum cap/limit is 250 dogs).
Premier Shows are those that hold Kennel Club
qualifiers for Crufts, Discover Dogs or Olympia. They will also
have standard qualifying classes.
Championship Agility Shows hold a special
Championship Class which is divided into three separate rounds. The
winner and 2nd placed dogs being awarded an Agility Certificate and
a Reserve Agility Certificate.
Agility classes feature 'Jumping' courses and 'Agility' courses.
Each course features a variety of Agility obstacles. However,
jumping courses do not require the dogs to undertake the see-saw,
dog walk or 'A' ramp obstacles. For more information about the
different types of obstacles, visit the
Agility Course Obstacles page.
An Agility competitor and their dog advance from Grades 1 - 7,
Grade 1 is the lowest level and Grade 7 the highest level.
Competitors and dogs that are new to Agility will be able to enter
classes suitable for Grade 1. As you and your dog improve you may
be able to progress to the next Grade. There are two ways in which
a competitor can progress, the first is progression on wins and the
second is through points progression. The
How to Progress in Agility page explains exactly what is needed
for you and your dog to advance to the next level.
Other classes that are scheduled at an Agility Show may fall
under the title of "Special classes." Special classes are classes
where the definition for eligibility to compete is not per Kennel
Club Regulations, the marking of the class differs from standard
Kennel Club marking or the course design is non-standard.
Classes such as these, with unusual names like Helter Skelter,
Gamblers, Time, Fault and Out, Power and Speed, ABC - Anything But
A Collie, Any Sized and Pairs, will be clearly defined in the
schedule along with details of eligibility, so you know exactly
what to expect when you enter the class. It should be noted that
you cannot claim Agility Warrant Points or progress from Special
Entering your first Agility show
Contact the Kennel Club for a list of shows in your area. We
will send you listings of all the shows, with the telephone and
address details of the club secretaries who are running them. Most
agility shows schedules are available online and there are several
websites you can visit including www.agilitynet.com.
As stated on the Agility
Measuring page, there are three different size categories
(Small, Medium or Large) for competing dogs. Clubs may schedule
classes for one, some, or all of these sizes. Before
you enter a show, your dog must be officially
- When you've decided which show you want to enter, download the
schedule or contact the secretary of the club and request a
schedule (these are usually free of charge).
- Once you have the schedule you will have to select which class
or classes you would like to enter and complete the entry form
(which is located inside the schedule).
- As a new competitor in Agility, you can enter any class which
includes Grade one for your height of dog.
- Send your entry form and payment to the secretary before the
closing date. Entries usually close at least one month before the
show, so you will need to plan well in advance. Entries received
after the closing date will not be accepted. There are several
online show processors where you can enter online, the schedule
will state if this is possible and the relevant website.
Before the show
You will be sent a ring card prior to the show which details the
classes you have entered, the number of dogs in the class and your
running order for each class.
- Groom and prepare your dog.
- Prepare a show bag containing your treats, toys, leads, water
bowls, water, poop scoop etc.
- Remember to take your show passes (if appropriate), schedule
At the show
- Arrive at the showground/venue in plenty of time to find your
- It's advisable to 'walk the course' so that you are familiar
with the course when it is your turn to compete, but this needs to
be done before the class starts. So get there early.
- Keep an eye on the judging and don't miss your class or running
- Speak to fellow exhibitors and learn more about Agility.