What is Agility?
Agility is fast-paced, exciting sport, where a dog and handler team must work together in order to complete a series of obstacles with no faults and within a set time. Obstacles include a variety of jumps, tunnels, hoops, weave poles, elevated platforms and ramps, which the dog must negotiate in the correct order.
At CDC we have multiple levels of training: Beginner, Intermediate and Advance are our foundation levels where you will learn obstacles and handling skills.
Novice, Excellent and Masters are our trialling levels that focus on perfecting skills needed for trialling, and enhancing the teamwork between dog and handler.
How do I get involved?
To attend classes, you will need to become a member of the club. Agility is a popular sport at CDC, so we suggest registering your interest early.
For more information on Agility at CDC you may download our brochure here.
Agility intake forms can be found here or ask at the office. Email your completed form back to the office.
In order to compete in trials, you will need to join your state canine control body (Dogs ACT or Dogs NSW), and register your dog with them. Any dog can be registered for obedience trials: your dog's parents, and whether he/she is purebred or not, doesn't matter.
Is my dog suitable?
Any breed of dog is able to take part in agility, the sport particularly suits energetic dogs. As agility is off lead whilst working, good handler focus and a reliable recall are essential.
To commence agility training at CDC dogs must be at least 14 months of age and pass our intake test. This consists of a basic fitness test and an off-lead control test.
It's important that your dog is physically fit and not overweight.
It can be useful to think about agility like any other team sport, where the handler and dog are the athletes, who need to train and develop teamwork to suceed.
When are classes held?
Each year we run five sessions of night classes. These 2-month sessions are held on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights depending on the level of instruction being taken, and on instructor availability.