Frequently Asked Agility Questions
What is dog agility?
Dog agility is a competitive sport in which a handler directs his dog over a timed obstacle course, with scoring based on faults as in equestrian jumping events. Because of its fast pace and simple, objective scoring system, dog agility has become an exciting spectator sport.
What obstacles are used
in dog agility?
The approved obstacles for dog agility are the A-frame, weave poles, table, pause box, see-saw or teeter, dog walk, cross-over, pipe tunnel, collapsed tunnel, and assorted jumps and hurdles (including the broad jump, tire jump, high jump, bar jump, double bar jump, and spread jump).
will my dog have to jump?
The USDAA has adopted
two competitive classes, each with two jump heights to permit dogs
of all sizes to participate. In the large dog class, dogs measuring
more than 21'' at the withers would be required to jump 26'', while
those measuring 21'' or less would be required to jump 22''. In
the small dog class, dogs 16'' or less but more than 12'' would
jump 16'' while all dogs measuring 12'' or less would jump 12''.
Also, there is a program defined as "Performance," wherein
the dog can jump one height lower. Jump heights are reduced to 8",
12", 16" and 22", as compared to heights of 12",
16", 22" and 26" in the Championship Program.
Can mixed-bred dogs
participate in dog agility?
Yes. It is frequently said that dog agility is a sport for all dogs, in that the sport permits both purebred and mixed-bred dogs to compete. One should be aware however, that not all breeds are well suited for the sport because of physical build.
is USDAA's philosophy on dog agility?
USDAA promotes dog agility as a sport in its own right as it offers enthusiasts a variety of competitive classes, such as gamblers, pairs relay, team, snooker, pairs and others. USDAA values the sport as a family sport, attracting men, women, children and the family pet.
Are titles awarded in
Yes. The USDAA recognizes a dog's agility level on four levels through its structured classes for competition and performance. USDAA awards the Agility Dog title to the dog performing three clear rounds under the sports minimum standards. The Advanced Agility Dog, Masters Agility Dog, Performance Agility Dog, and the Agility Champion Dog are all titles each handler strives to achieve.