Agility competitions are held between March and December each year and hosted by the various clubs across the State. Courses are designed and judged by qualified judges and are unique. To obtain a clear round and qualify for a placing the dog/handler team must complete the course with no course faults and within allocated course time. The course time is calculated by measuring the course length and dividing that by the standard metres per second required for each course level, considering the ease or difficulty of the course layout.
Classes held at each trial include Novice, Excellent, Open and Master Agility and Novice, Excellent, Open and Master Jumping. Titles are awarded at having gained sufficient qualification for each level of AD (5 qualifications), ADX (7 qualifications), ADO (5 qualifications), ADM (5 qualifications), JD (5 qualifications), JDX (5 qualifications), JDO (5 qualifications) and JDM (5 qualifications). The highest level of achievement is Agility Champion.
The Agility Games classes test the handler’s strategic skills and together with a faultless performance from the dog will achieve qualifications in Snooker, Gamblers and Strategic Pairs. Games classes have three levels of difficulty – Novice, Excellent and Master. Titles are awarded at each level.
When a member wishes to commence trialling, it is compulsory to become a member of the organisation: Dogs SA
Your dog also needs to be registered with Dogs SA. These application forms can be downloaded from the Dogs SA website: www.dogssa.com.au
Once joined, you will receive a monthly Dogs SA journal. Adverts for up and coming trials are presented giving details of the Club host, Time & Date, Judges, Class running orders, details of entry, payment and closing date for each trial. The Journal will also post Trial Results and Titles awarded. Trial Entry forms can be downloaded from the www.agilitysa.com website.
Members will also need to arrange with the Dogs SA Agility Advisory Committee www.agilitysa.com to have their dog(s) measured to receive a height card. At least one month prior to entering their first trial.