Well the first Agility Club 3 day Show is over for another year and despite the weather it seemed to go alright with plenty of people going home with some lovely rosettes.
Looking forward to next year, we promise to do the right dance next year to try and get the sun to shine all the time.
See you next year
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Welcome to the Agility Club website!
The Agility Club is the UK’s largest Kennel Club registered agility club. A non-profit making organisation,
The Agility Club was conceived in 1983, the early days of Agility, with the sole purpose of giving all competitive agility dog handlers
a 'voice' in the governing of their sport. The Agility Club continues to provide that voice as well as helping with standards of
judging and instructing through workshops and seminars.
Benefits of Agility Club Membership
- The Agility Voice – a monthly full colour magazine, packed full of the latest agility news, stories, articles, training tips and show diary.
It’s a must-read for agility competitors from Beginners to Advanced!
- Only members may attend our very popular agility Instructor Seminars
- Discounts on training days, run by top international handlers
- Certificates are available to members for dogs qualifying Out of Grades 1 through 6 and Qualifying for Grade 7
- Reduced entry and camping fees at our weekend summer Championship agility show (for helping Members)
- The Agility Club Annual Awards supported by ProPlan. All your competing dogs are eligible to gain points towards our prestigious awards.
Magnificent pieces of crystal are presented to the winners at our AGM
- The Agility Club is your link to the UK's governing body of all things canine - The Kennel Club, and to the whole agility scene in the UK, Europe and beyond.
So you think you want to do agility?
You may have seen it on television, perhaps Crufts, Olympia or one of those shows where they showcase mad people obsessed with some unusual activity.
But how on earth do you get to be a mad person obsessed with agility? Alas, all too easily!
First seen as a display at Crufts in 1978, it was an instant hit, and here we are nearly three decades on and agility is a hugely popular international sport.
So what is Agility?
Dog agility involves the dog negotiating anything up to 20 obstacles, on a course designed by the judge, against the clock.
The fastest clear round is the winner, although practice is to place to 10% of the class (so if the entry is 100,
places will go down to 10th) plus rosettes for unplaced clear rounds. Faults are incurred for all errors as well as exceeding the course time,
and there are several ways of getting eliminated too. The two main types of class are agility and jumping
(jumping classes do not have contact equipment in them, agility classes do), but there are many other types of fun class.
If you do not want to compete, there is still no reason why you cannot train your dog, most clubs will have a mix of competing and non-competing members.
However, be aware that a lot of handlers started out doing it just for fun!
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