- Agility is a sport that appeals to
young people and to senior citizens. It has great spectator
appeal. Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness
to work with its handler in a variety of situations. It is an
athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration,
training and teamwork. Dog and handlers negotiate an obstacle
course racing against the clock.
- The AKC offers two types of agility classes. The first, Standard
Class, includes contact objects such as the dog walk, the A-frame,
and seesaw. Each of the contact obstacles has a "safety zone"
painted on the object and the dog must place at least one paw in
that area to complete the obstacle. The second is Jumpers with
Weaves. It has only jumps, tunnels and weaves poles with no contact
objects to slow the pace.
- Both classes offer increasing levels of difficulty to earn
Novice, Open, Excellent and Master titles. After completing both an
Excellent Standard title and an Excellent Jumpers title, owner and
dog teams can compete for the MACH - faster than the speed of sound!
(Master Agility Championship title.)
- Agility began in England in 1978. The AKC held its first agility
trial in 1994.
- Agility is the fastest growing dog sport in the United States
and is the fastest growing event at the AKC.
- A trial is a competition. Clubs hold practice matches, then
apply to be licensed to hold official trials. At a licensed trial,
handlers and dogs can earn scores toward agility titles.
- An advantage to AKC participation is that dogs can earn titles
in a variety of events such as conformation, lure coursing, earth
dog, retrieving and field trials, obedience, rally (as of 1/1/05),
and tracking, as well as agility.
- In the first year of AKC agility there were 23 trials. In 2003,
there were 1,379 trials. The number of trials held in 2004 will be
more than 1,670.
- In the first year of AKC agility (1994), there were
approximately 2000 entries in AKC agility trials.
- AKC agility is available to every registerable breed. From tiny
Yorkshire Terriers to giant Irish Wolfhounds, the dogs run the same
course with adjustments in the expected time and jump height.
- The classes are divided by jump heights in order to make the
competition equal between the different size of dogs.
in Obedience, Agility,
and Rally Trials?
And many have gained
See these links for more information about
these AKC events:
get intouch with experienced Pekingese exhibitors
with your questions with anything to do with Pekes in Obedience, Agility or
Nancy Bowman (West Virginia):
Dian Thomas (Virginia): firstname.lastname@example.org (703)
Jenne Ford (Washington State): email@example.com