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Running a dog in an agility trial is the ultimate game for you and your dog and is one of the most exciting canine sports for spectators. In an agility trial, a dog demonstrates its agile nature and versatility by following cues from the handler through a timed obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and other objects. It’s an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why it’s so enjoyable to watch and has become the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States!

When competeing in agility, the American Kennel Club states that there are three different levels of competition in agility:

– for the dog that is just starting in agility. There are 14 to
16 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Novice class is on performing
the obstacles with minimal handling technique.
– for the dog that has completed the Novice level. There are 16 to
18 obstacles on this course. The focus of the open class is on more difficult
obstacle course performance with more handling skill required.
– for the dog that has completed the Open level.There are 18 to 20 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Excellent class is to provide the opportunity for dogs and handlers to demonstrate their superior skills in moving quickly and efficiently with close communication and teamwork through challenging agility courses. The Master level is the class where dog/handler teams can earn the title, Master Agility Champion (MACH)/Preferred Agility Champion (PACH), from the Regular or Preferred Classes.

How is Agility Scored?

Agility is a time and fault sport where the qualifying requirements are more
challenging as the competition class levels get higher. Time faults are given for every second a dog goes over the Standard Course Time. Examples of Penalty Faults are taking an obstacle out of sequence, missing a contact zone, displacing a bar or panel on a jump, jumping off the pause table before the judge is through counting, running around or refusing the next obstacle, the handler touching either the dog or any obstacle while running the course, and handler failure to control the dog.

This information is taken directly from the AKC Web Site for further detailed information visit the Site at,