How to Progress in Agility

An agility competitor and their dog advance from Grades from 1 - 7, Grade 1 being the lowest level and Grade 7 the highest level. There are two ways in which a competitor/dog can progress from one grade to the next, which are as follows:

Progression on wins

Progression through the Grades can be achieved through a certain number of wins at the relevant grade. A certain number of these wins must be in agility (not jumping) classes. Please see the table below for reference:

Grade

Total Number of Wins Needed to Progress (including agility class wins)

Number of Agility Class Wins Needed to Progress

1 to 2

2

1

2 to 3

2

1

3 to 4

3

2

4 to 5

4

2

5 to 6

5

3

6 to 7

5

3

 

Results from Combined Classes (where there could be up to seven grades in one class) will only count towards progression from the dog's current grade.

A first prize or other prize win is one  gained in a standard class at any Kennel Club licensed Championship Agility, Premier Agility, Open Agility or Limited Agility Show (i.e. special classes and invitational events are excepted). Only a first place with a clear round completed within the course time set by the judge will count towards grade progression.

If you progress on a win you remain at the same grade for 25 days after the win. Following this period you will automatically be put up to the next grade. For any shows taking place after the 25 day period it is the competitor's responsibility to notify the show secretary of a change in grade, in writing, a minimum of 14 days before the show.

Points Progression

At the handler's discretion, a dog may progress up to Grade 4 by winning 100 points at each grade. A minimum of 50 points must be gained in agility (not jumping) classes in the relevant grade. If this method of progression is selected, the handler must ensure the Show Secretary signs the dog's Agility Record Book at the first show entered at the higher grade. There is no time limit on this progression, however, once a dog has progressed, it cannot return to a previous grade.

 

Go

More information

Tools & Services

Downloads



Related Topics

Agility Trainers Agility Agility News
Copyright © The Kennel Club Limited 2018. The unauthorised reproduction of text and images is strictly prohibited.