Agility is a fun sport for dogs and people.
It involves the dog negotiating a variety of different equipment against the clock. The handler trains the dog to correctly negotiate the equipment, and then directs them around the course designed by the judge.
All types of dogs and people can give it a go, from children to grandparents, from Chihuahuas to German Shepherds.
There are more than 40 clubs all over NZ who run regular agility training classes, and a number of agility competitions. Agility is an active sport, and a very social weekend activity for many in NZ.
Check the CONTACTS page for a club near you.
If you are looking for information about agility please click here to go directly to more information about dog agility.
It is time to think about standing up and having an input into your sport at the top level. Click on the link below to view the dates and to fill in a nomination form for the Agility Committee elections.
How does it affect the competitor??
The most important one is the start line. The competitor is required to wait until they have received the all clear from the Judge before they start their run. The Judges may indicate verbally, or with a gesture. So you will need to make sure you LISTEN & LOOK at the judge before taking off. If you go early and they are not ready for you, they will disqualify you.
Aframes. The up-contact will not be judged so you cannot get faults for missing the upcontact. Of course the down contact will still be judged...
Collapsible tunnels cannot be placed with a turn either before or after them and the judge is required to allow at least 5m straight runup. This is to minimise the chance of a dog getting caught up or held back by a tunnel chute.
Elementary A weave mistakes will be faulted to bring it in line with other classes.
There are also regulations covering refunds, backside/landing side jumps, tied scores, and re-runs. Notifications will be posted when the regs are confirmed by Exec and published by NZKC which will hopefully be within the next few weeks. Until then existing Regs stand.
Please tell fellow club members about these changes so that they understand and will be looking for the official notice.
The Agility Committee has decided at this stage not to regulate stabilisation methods for wing jumps.
We wish to advise all Judges, Event managers and competitors that wing jumps should be stabilised by the safest method possible. Method choices include: pegs alongside the wing, sandbags and water bottles placed alongside the wing.
We would prefer that wings were stabilised in a way that allows them to fall if a dog bangs into them, and therefore we strongly recommend that pegs are not placed through the wing or over top of any legs.
The Agility Committee reserves the right to add a regulation at any time if in our opinion such methods are being used that jeopardise the safety of the dog.
Images from the 2016 PawBlacks trip to Australian nationals, Adelaide