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Chihuahua leaping over an agility jump.

Agility is one of the fastest-growing dog sports in the country—and for good reason. It’s incredible exercise for both you and your dog, and it forges an even deeper relationship between you. Plus, it’s exhilarating to watch as your dog nimbly and quickly crawls through tunnels, weaves around poles, and leaps through tires!

To be eligible to compete in Agility, your dog must be:

  • 15 months of age or older.
  • Registered with the American Kennel Club or listed with the AKC Indefinite Listing Privilege (ILP)program, which allows unregistered dogs of registerable breeds to compete in AKC Performance and Companion Events. Mixed breed dogs can be registered through the Canine Partners program to be able to compete.
  • Spayed or neutered dogs are eligible to compete.
  • In sound health and up-to-date on vaccinations.

All breeds, including mixed breeds, can participate in Agility – from the smallest to the largest of dogs.

  • First Steps +

    Dog agility is a sport where you direct your dog through a pre-set obstacle course within a certain time limit. Courses typically have between 14-20 obstacles, which can include tunnels, weave poles, tire jumps, seesaws, and pause tables where the dog must stop for a set amount of time. At each trial you and your dog will race around the unique courses designed for that day.  All of this is done with your dog relying solely on the cues and body language you use to direct them on course.

    All breeds, including mixed breeds, can participate in Agility – from the smallest to the largest of dogs.

    For AKC Canine and Me, you will create a video that demonstrates a jump.

  • How to Do It +
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