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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    Our year-end awards banquet and general membership meeting will be on Jan 22, 2022 at T.C.O.T.C in Minneapolis. Title information for the awards slideshow is due by Friday, Jan 7, 2022. Banquet RSVPs are due by Friday, Jan 14, 2022. More info and the RSVP Form.

    Gone but not Forgotten submissions are due by Friday, January 7, 2022. If you have had to say goodbye to a dog since the last MAC Banquet on Jan 11, 2020, we would love to take time to honor your journey together at this year’s banquet.

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    The May 14-15, 2022 UKI trial will be outdoors at Animal Inn. Mary Shaw is judging. Look for the premium in the Spring.

    The June 11-12, 2022 USDAA Trial is outdoors at Animal Inn. Note the new date to avoid a conflict with the UKI Midwest Cup. We are looking for hospitality and equipment chairs. Contact Jacque Hoye if are interested in joining the committee.

    The July 8-10, 2022 NADAC Trial is indoors at Soccer World in Rochester. We are looking for a worker coordinator, judge’s attache, hospitality and equipment chairs. Contact Chris Mosley if you are interested in joining the committee.

    The July 15-17, 2022 AKC Trial is indoors at On the Run. We are looking for a worker coordinator, hospitality and equipment chairs. Contact Laura Thomas if you are interested in joining the committee.

    The July 29-31, 2022 CPE trial is at On the Run with Pam Clark judging. Sue Kvale will be our secretary, but we are looking for a trial chair, worker coordinator, judge’s attache, hospitality, and equipment chairs. Contact Laura Thomas if you are interested in joining the committee.

    The Sept 10-11, 2022 USDAA trial is outdoors at Animal Inn with Dave Visniski judging. We are looking for a judge’s attache and equipment chair. Contact Jacque Hoye if are interested in joining the committee.

    The Dec 9-11, 2022 CPE trial is at On the Run with Steve Klein judging. Loan Hensley will be our secretary, but we are looking for a trial chair, judge’s attache, hospitality, and equipment chairs. Contact Laura Thomas if you are interested in joining the committee.

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