In Agility, as in all other sports and activities, the safety
and enjoyment of competitors and their dogs depends to a great
degree on commonsense, courtesy and respect.
It is undesirable (and probably impossible) to attempt to
construct a set of rules and regulations that specifically cover
every possible set of circumstances. But it is vital to the
long-term health of Agility that the principles of fair play,
responsible behaviour and respect for others should prevail at all
Judges and Stewards at Agility shows have been covered by a code
of conduct for many years. The code of conduct below offers
voluntary guidelines to help handlers and owners to check that
they, too, are behaving appropriately and responsibly when
competing at Agility shows.
All Agility competitors should:
- Commit to abide by Kennel Club Rules, the Agility Regulations,
and the show's rules both in word and in spirit.
- Consider the health and welfare of their dog to be of prime
- Consider the health and welfare of other peoples' dogs as if
they were their own and not commit any act that puts other people
or their dogs at risk.
- Commit to fair play, honesty and integrity within a competitive
- Commit to being civil and courteous at all times to other
competitors, judges, the show management and ring party
- Be respectful of decisions taken by judges and the show
- Respect constructive criticism of their own behaviour.
- Be prepared to be constructive in criticism of others, should
they feel the need to comment on aspects of the running of a show,
or the behaviour of another competitor or their dog.
- Do nothing to affect the impartiality of the show management or
judges at the show.
- Take responsibility for the actions and behaviour of family
members or guests whom they invite into the precincts of the
- Welcome and encourage newcomers to the sport and assist them in
understanding both the letter of and the spirit of the rules and
the code of conduct for agility.
- Commit to having control over their dogs at all times.
- Only enter for competition when their dog is ready.
Breaches of the Code of Conduct
By entering an Agility show, competitors acknowledge that they
will do their utmost to comply with this voluntary Code of Conduct.
Significant or repeated failure to comply with the Code of Conduct
may result in the show management asking competitors to leave the
showground. Handlers who have a complaint about the actions of
others should speak to the Show Secretary.
Recommended Show Rules
Societies are invited to consider
incorporating some or all of the the following wording into their
own Show Rules:
- Agility equipment should not be used in the camping, exercise
and parking areas.
- No dogs are to be off lead at any time in the camping and
parking areas except in a designated exercise area.
- Dogs should not be tethered near or at the ringside whilst a
competition is in progress in that ring.
- No handler may have more than three dogs off the lead in the
exercise area at any one time.
- No toys, balls etc to be thrown in the exercise area other than
in an area designated for this purpose.