What are the rules for agility competition?

There are a few different governing organizations for dog agility competitions. Each organization hosts agility competitions and has their own set of rules for the obstacle course and judging dogs. The main organizations in the United States are the American Kennel Club (AKC), Canine Performance Events (CPE) , United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. (USDAA), United Kennel Club (UKC) and the North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC).

Each organization and governing board may have different standards for obstacles, different guidelines for registering and competition, and different judging criteria. For example, the AKC is open to purebred and companion dogs, while the NADAC is open to mixed breeds over the age of 18 months. The CPE contains five competitive levels, while the UKC offers lower height and speed standards to accommodate more dogs.

The basic rules of any agility competition involve the speed and accuracy of a dog completing the course. The faster and more accurate a dog is when completing the obstacles, the better the score will be. Dogs must complete the course with a handler, off leash and with no incentives. Each competition will have guidelines and a rulebook that you should review before registering and training for an agility competition.

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