Imagine a look of determination on your dog’s face as he runs hard, nimbly making each turn. He keeps his eyes on you while scampering through tunnels, jumping over hurdles, and beaming with pride. The crowds in the stands cheer as you move together in perfect harmony. That’s the sport of Agility. It can be quite a rush – and one of the best ways to create an even deeper connection between you and your dog.
Agility is a growing dog sport in the United States, with over 1 million entries to the AKC’s Agility Program each year. Dogs race against a clock as they navigate an obstacle course with strong concentration and speed. Whether you just want to have fun exercising with your dog, or want to go further and enter an Agility competition, get ready for a fast-paced, rewarding experience that will get you and your dog in the best shape of your lives!
AKC National Agility Championship
March 24-25, 2018
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To compete in Agility, your dog must be:
- At least 15 months of age.
- Have an AKC number via one of the following:
- AKC Registration as one of the AKC’s recognized breeds.
- AKC Canine Partners, which is for mixed-breed dogs and dogs ineligible for AKC registration.
- Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) program, which is for purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered with the AKC to participate in AKC events.
- Foundation Stock Service®(FSS), which is for recorded breeds on the road to full AKC recognition.
- Physically sound and up-to-date on all inoculations and health check-ups.
- Spayed females and neutered males are eligible to participate but females in season are not.
- It is important that before competing, you familiarize yourself with the AKC Agility Regulations and ring procedures.
Ready to take your curiosity of Agility to the next level? Any AKC-registered breed — from small to large, purebred to mixed breed — can participate in Agility, even the smallest and largest of dogs. The most important factor to consider is whether your dog’s health and temperament are well suited for the sport. If you haven’t seen Agility in person, we highly recommend attending a competition (also called a “trial”) to experience it first-hand. Then find a class near you.
If you want to compete, a great way to prepare for a trial once your dog is confident on agility equipment is to take the Agility Coursing Test (ACT), an entry-level agility event designed to introduce and welcome beginning dogs and their handlers to the AKC sport of agility.
Learn about the different classes we offer, the training equipment you’ll need, and everything you need to jump-start your adventure with Agility.
Find An Event
With over 22,000 annual events, there is a sport for you.
Below is a list of the top resources for Agility Participants: