Eligibility for Classes
If you're grade 1 or 2 it can be confusing working out which classes you're
eligible for, especially if you want someone in a higher grade to run your
dog for you. Here are the rules with some examples.
If you want to enter a show and you're not quite sure how to go about it
then have a look at this guide. It will help you understand how to
find and enter an agility show.
How to get
started in agility
Where to go for training and what you need to do to take
part in agility. If you don't know where to start this page will help
you to find training classes, shows and registering on the activity
Your Very First Run
So what do you do when you get to the show? Everyone will give you
advice on how to run your dog but what about the basics of how a class is run and what you
have to do. This is the bit that everyone forgot to tell me, so here's a guide for the unitiated.
Not For Competition Runs
Several independent organisations will allow you run your
dog in the ring to gain experience. If you have a young dog or you're
having training issues this may be for you.
Combined and graded classes
Some people get really worried about these classes if
they're in a lower grade and they're competing alongside some higher grade
dogs. There's no need to worry as the courses will be set so that your
lower grade dog can run them. I've put several videos on here
so that you can get an idea of the level of difficulty and what you need to do.
and 2 Classes
difficult are the courses? With bigger jump spacings and
lower heights the courses have changed a bit but they're all
great to run and you won't find anything too difficult for you
and your dog.
UK Agility Shows
Although Kennel Club shows are still the most common in
the UK you will other other organisations such as UKA that run shows up and
down the country and are gaining in popularity all the time. Here's a
brief guide to UKA shows.
Sometimes you can learn a lot from watching top class
handlers. The video clip on this page shows some exceptionally good
handling and I think you'll find it memorable.
Companion Dog Shows
If you're worried about going to a show for the first time why not
get your dog used to the idea by going to a few companion dog shows.