Agility Flashcards Preview

Dog Training > Agility > Flashcards

Flashcards in Agility Deck (25):

What are the 3 main agility organizations?

American Kennel Club (AKC)
United States Dog Agility Association. (USDAA)
North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC)

- First AKC agility trials held in 1994

- mixed and pure breeds

- all sizes run the same course with adjustments in jump height and expected times.
- height adjusted to withers (elbows)

- 15 months of age


Two types of agility classes:

What are they?

What do they consist of?

Standard Class
- contact obstacles.
- A-frame, dog walk, seesaw
- each obstacle has a safety zone dog must make contact with at least one paw.

Jumpers with Weaves Class
- no contact objects that slow the pace
- jumps, tunnels, weave poles


What are the three different levels of classes?

How many legs and points are needed to qualify?

- Novice
- Open
- Excellent

Must gain 3 legs to move to the next level

Must receive 85 out of 100 points to qualify for a leg


AKC Titling

Novice standard agility
(NA) 3 Q's

Novice jumpers with weaves (NAJ) 3 Q's

Division A - green dogs and handlers
- dogs and handlers who have never decided an agility title
Division B - dogs or handlers who have received a novice agility title.

Open Standard Agility (OA) 3 Q's
Open Jumpers with Weaves (OAJ) 3 Q's

Agility Excellent A (AX) 3 Q's
Excellent Jumpers with Weaves A Class
(AXJ) 3 Q's

Master Agility Excellent B (MX) 10 Q's
Master Excellent Jumpers with Weaves B Class (MXJ) 10 Q's

Master Agility Champion (MACH)
- highest title possible


Contact Obstacle


2 panels in shape of an A

Contact zones - lower 42 inches

Contact zones - contrasting colour - often yellow


Contact obstacle

Dog Walk

Center section and two ramp sections

Ascending contact zone - lower 45 inches
Descending contact zone - lower 42 inches

Touch contact zones with any part of one foot


Contact Obstacle


Plank supported at centre by a base that acts as a fulcrum.

Touch up contact zone with any part of one foot.

Cause plank to pivot

Touch down contact zone with any part of one foot.


Pause table

Pause for 5 consecutive seconds.

USDAA Dog needs to down


Open tunnel

10-20ft Open on both ends

Can be formed into multiple shapes

Can act as a turning point in agility course


Where did agility originate?

1977 - England



A rigid entrance attached to a fabric chute.

Entrance through the rigid opening


Weave poles

6-12 poles mounted to a base.

Enter by basing between the first two poles from right to left.

Sequence is broken dog must restart sequence at or before area of error


What are the 6 types of jumps?

- bar jump
- double bar jump
- triple bar jump

- panel jump

- tire jump

- broad jump


Bar jump

Bar is supported by bar supports and mounted to uprights

Two bars unless otherwise specified

Dog must clear the top bar without displacing it in predetermined direction.


Panel jump

Up to six cross boards to give illusion of a solid wall

Dog clears jump in direction indicated by judge


Double bar jump

Two parallel bars positioned at the height specified.

Clear both bars in direction indicated by the judge


Triple bar jump

A series of three ascending jumps

Direction starts with the lowest bar


Tire jump

Circular object suspended from a rectangular frame


Broad jump

Either 4 - 8 inch sections or 5 - 6 inch sections and four corner markers.


Faults - refusals

- starts towards obstacle and changes or stops before all four paws are on obstacle

* weaves- at each incorrect entry and each missed pole


Faults - run out

- goes past an obstacle

- the point at which they can no longer complete an obstacle without turning back.

- 5 point deduction


Faults - wrong course

Dog engages in an obstacle that is not part of that specified course

- 5 point deduction


Faults - pause table

- slide off or misjump

- leaving table before completing the 5 seconds.
- dog must come back to table and restart 5 seconds
- 5 point deduction

Anticipating the count
- dog jumps before or during the command release
- 5 point deduction but don't have to return to the table


Mandatory elimination

- handler or dog knocks down any obstacle or jump
- handler touches any obstacle or jumps over, goes under or steps on any obstacle.
- displacing top bars or panels of a jump
- failure to clear the broad jump
- missing a contact zone. With the exception of the ascending side of A-frame
- seesaw fly offs
- leaving table and engaging obstacle before completing 5 second count
- failure to complete all obstacles of a designated course
- running wrong course or out of sequence and not correcting before the finish line.
- contact between handler and dog that AIDS in dogs performance
- any contact between dog and handler at pause table, weave poles, contact obstacles.
- excessive handling. Continually leading dog through course
- exceeding refusal maximum for a given classroom


Who brought agility to the USA in the 1980's

Peter Lewis and John Gilbert