Dog Agility FAQs

What is Dog Agility?

Dog Agility is a sport where a handler guides his/her dog through an obstacle course. Dog/handler teams are judged both for accuracy of execution and speed. Courses are designed for the level of experience of dog and handler, and teams compete in height categories based on the size of the dog. Obstacles can include a variety of jumps, contact obstacles, weave poles, and tunnels. A good way to find out more about Dog Agility is to go to an agility trial. Most participants are happy to talk to people (when they are not focusing on the competition), and you can see just how much fun you and your dog can have together. Check out the MAC Events Calendar to find one of our sponsored events, or visit our Agility Links page to find calendars of other agility events in our area and across the country. More information is also available at the dog agility article on wikipedia.

Who can participate in Dog Agility?

Anyone with a healthy, trained dog is eligible to participate in Dog Agility. There are several organizations that sponsor Agility Trials, and the specific rules for participation vary from group to group. See our Agility Links page to find a trial venue that is right for you and your dog.

How do I get started?

MAC holds six trials a year, but does not offer agility training classes. If you think you want to train your dog, and get in on the fun, visit our Agility Links page for information about clubs and training schools that offer a variety of classes for all levels of competitors. Warning: Agility is tremendous fun, and you might find it addictive!

How do I volunteer at a MAC trial?

Go to the Events Calendar and click on the link to e-mail a volunteer coordinator for the show you are interested in. More information about volunteering.

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    New to NADAC Zoom Seminar – June 25, 7PM – Join Chris Mosley to learn about NADAC agility. Zoom Link

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    The Dec 10-12 CPE trial is at On the Run with Brenda Gilday judging. Contact Brandi Rogers if you are interested in being a vendor at this trial.

    The Feb 5-6, 2022 UKI trial will be at On the Run. Shane Miller is judging. We are looking for a volunteer coordinator, judge’s attache, hospitality and equipment chairs. Contact Julie Heller if you are interested in joining the committee.

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