What is agility?
Agility is an activity that you and your dog can participate in, it is action-packed and hugely exciting activity. It involves many different obstacles that are all timed for your dog to run through, jump over and weave in and out of. Not only does agility test your dog’s fitness, but you can also show off your skills as a handler as you direct your dog around the agility course.
Why should you take part?
- Agility is great at keeping you and your dog fit
- It is a great way to make new friends
- Your dog does not have to be a pedigree – all dogs can do agility. However, always make sure they are on the breed register or you have signed up to the activity register
Competing in Young Kennel Club competitons
We offer lots of different agility competitions held throughout the year with a final taking place at Crufts. Some of the classes at Crufts require you to have qualified, whereas others require members to gain points at standard Kennel Club licensed shows. The main objective of our classes is to allow certain age ranges to compete against one another (6-11, 12-17 and 18-24) which helps to level the playing field, as well as allowing members to make friends their own age.
How do I take part?
- Your dog must be registered with The Kennel Club on the Breed Register or the Activity Register
- Make sure you read The Kennel Club Agility Rules and Regulations along with Young Kennel Club Agility Rules
- Dogs can enter agility shows from 18 months of age
- Make sure you find out if your dog needs to be measured
- For safety’s sake, it is recommended that dogs do not start training on equipment until they are at least a year old
- There are seven grades of competition from one – seven, with beginners starting at grade one
- Make sure you purchase an Kennel Club Agility Record Book so you can record all your competition wins and clear rounds!