The three largest dog agility organizations in the
United States are NADAC, USDAA, and AKC -- I put them in that order
because I have dogs adopted from the pound and those first two organizations
don't care whether you have papers on your dog or under your dog
-- any old mutt can compete. :)
Dog agility trials are great fun whether you're
a participant or just a spectator. They're typically held outdoors
although trials held indoors are especially welcome when the sun
is beating down or the snow/rain is falling down.
Agility trials usually get started fairly early,
such as "first dog on the line" at 8AM (or earlier). That
means competitors are there even earlier to walk the course, get
psyched up (or calmed down), and to listen to the judge's briefing.
Right after our first trial I wrote up an article
called "Tips for Every Novice" and it's
available free for people who join our mailing
list (you can unsubscribe at any time). In it I detail what
we did right (and wrong!) at our first agility trial. If you're
getting ready for your first trial, you *must* read it! I guarantee
you'll find some tips that will make your first trial more enjoyable.
If you've never been to an agility trial and would
like to see a sample course, I've
included one on the site...
The North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) was formed in 1993
to provide North American dogs and their handlers a fast, safe and
enjoyable form of the the sport of dog agility. NADAC sanctions
agility trials sponsored by affiliated clubs.
The purpose of a NADAC agility trial is to demonstrate
the ability of a dog and its handler to work as a smoothly functioning
team. (From their website.)
NADAC is our first choice for dog agility because
they allow mutts to compete!
of upcoming NADAC trials
rules and regulations
Another organization that allows mixed-breed competitors (I'm talking
about dogs here -- all organizations, even AKC, allow mixed-breed
handlers) is the United States Dog Agility Association.
of USDAA events
rules and regulations
If you have a pure-breed dog then you already know about the AKC
-- and since I don't have one I'll just stop my commentary here.
of AKC events
agility rules and regulations
For Fun If you're looking for a low-stress option for agility,
you might want to check out JFF.