Rules and Regulations Overview

NOTE: The 10th Edition of the ADAA Regulations (PDF) is available for download. The 10th Edition of the Regulations is effective from 01 May 2017. View the Summary of Changes implemented in Agility Regulations 10th Edition, May 2017 (PDF).

Dog Sizes Event Variety Event Standards Rule Book Titles

Dog Sizes

There are four different height divisions, which compete separately. All heights are measured at the wither.

  • Toy – Restricted to dogs up to and including 300mm. This height class jumps 250mm in the International Programme and 150mm in the Combined, Junior and Regular Standards.
  • Mini – Restricted to dogs up to and including 400mm. The Combined, Junior and Regular Standards jump 250mm. International Programme Standards (Intermediate, Open and Advanced) jump 400mm. Dogs in the International programme are encouraged to enter their dogs in Midi classes (when entering Combined Programme events) where the bar height is 400mm to ensure good jumping style is maintained as the dog begins its agility career. Toy and Mini have more time (higher SCT) to complete a course because of their shorter legs.
  • Midi – Restricted to dogs up to and including 500mm. This height class jumps 500mm in the International Programme and 400mm in the Combined, Junior and Regular Standards. Dogs in the International programme are encouraged to enter their dogs in Maxi classes (when entering Combined Programme events) where the bar height is 500mm to ensure good jumping style is maintained as the dog begins its agility career.
  • Maxi – No restriction in dog height. This height class jumps 600mm in the International Programme and 500mm in the Combined, Junior and Regular Programmes.

The Intermediate, Open and Advanced class jump heights were developed to International standards. The Combined, Regular and Junior programme jump heights are offered as an alternate jump height for beginning, less confident or veteran dogs or to encourage various breeds/structures of dogs.

These options preserve the athletic nature of dog agility and provide a safe performance level for the majority of dog breeds.

Variety of Tests and Games

  • Agility Tests – Comprised of all of the obstacles (15 to 20 in total, 18 to 22 for Advanced) and the Judge sets a course suitable for the standard.
  • Jumping Tests – Comprised of all the obstacles except contact equipment (the ramp obstacles) and require a faster rate of travel.
  • Games – Agility games, which add variety and an extra challenge for the handler. In some games they allow a handler to avoid obstacles that their dog is not good at and repeat obstacles that their dog excels at.
    • Individual Games, are Games in which handlers and dogs compete on an individual basis, not as a member of a team. These include Gamblers, Snooker and Steeplechase.
    • Pairs Games, are Games in which two dogs (each with a separate handler) participate as a team. These include Pairs Relay and Strategic Pairs.
    • Team Games, are Games in which three or more dogs (each with a separate handler) participate as a team. These include Team Relay. See also the articles on The Games We Play!, Games – where do I start? and our tips on Finding a Partner or Team Mates.
  • Challenge Events – Consist of multiple rounds, with results of the rounds being added together. These are often run over a combination of days.


Standards

Combined Program

  • Elementary – Simple course design; no weave poles, tyres, spread jumps or seesaw. Rate of travel in these events is 2 metres/sec. Dogs must be IP or RP registered. Dogs with an BAAD, AAD, SAAD, R-SAAD, MAAD or R-MAAD title are excluded from this level.
  • Starters – Same as Elementary except includes weave pole where errors may be corrected without penalty. Rate of travel in these events is 2 metres/sec. Dogs must be IP or RP registered. Dogs with an AAD, SAAD, R-SAAD, MAAD or R-MAAD title are excluded from this level.
  • Open Pairs or Team Games – Open A is available to all dogs. Open B is restricted to dogs that have gained at least their AAD Title. Tyre and Spread Jump are not used.

International Program

  • Intermediate – A good test for dogs with some experience, without being too complex. Dogs are given more time than in Open standard courses. Rate of travel in agility events is 2.5 metres/sec. Dogs must be IP registered. Dogs with a SAAD or MAAD title are excluded from this level.
  • Open – A complex course design, but still a very doable course, which should flow but have a suitable amount of challenges to test your teamwork with your dog. Rate of travel in agility events is 3 metres/sec. Unless otherwise stated this class is open to all IP registered dogs. Open A is available to all dogs. Open B is restricted to dogs that have gained at least their AAD Title.
  • Advanced – A course of very complex design (greater degree of difficulty than found at the Open Standard). Rate of travel in agility events is 3.5 metres/sec. Open to all IP registered dogs that have been awarded the title SAAD.

Regular Program

  • Regular Intermediate – A good test for dogs with some experience, without being too complex. Rate of travel in agility events is 2.25 metres/sec. Dogs must be RP registered. Dogs with a R-SAAD or above, SAAD or MAAD title are excluded from this level.
  • Regular Open – A complex course design, but still a very doable course, which should flow but have a suitable amount of challenges to test your teamwork with your dog. Rate of travel in agility events is 2.75 metres/sec. Unless otherwise stated this class is open to all RP registered. Regular-Open A is available to all dogs. Regular-Open B is restricted to dogs that have gained at least their AAD Title.
  • Regular-Advanced – A course of very complex design (greater degree of difficulty than found at the Regular Open Standard). Open to all RP registered dogs that have been awarded the title SAAD.

Junior Program

  • Junior Elementary – Simple course design; no weave poles, tyre, spread jumps or seesaw. Rate of travel in these events is 2 metres/sec. Dogs may be RP or IP registered. Dogs may have any titles as it is the handler who earns the card.
  • Junior Starters – Same as Junior-Elementary except includes weave poles where errors may be corrected without penalty. Rate of travel in these events is 2 metres/sec. Dogs may be RP or IP registered. Dogs may have any titles as it is the handler who earns the card.
  • Junior Intermediate – A good test for handlers with some experience, without being too complex; no spread jumps or tyres. Rate of travel in agility events is 2.25 metres/sec. Dogs may be RP or IP registered. Dogs may have any titles as it is the handler who earns the card.
  • Junior Handler Owned and Trained (JHOT) – Junior Handler and Dog combinations may be specifically registered as a JHOT. This must be done for the combination to be eligible for the issuing of JHOT Certificates and achieve JHOT Titles. ADAA may cancel a Competitor’s JHOT registration if it is determined that the Dog is handled in Competition more than 90% of the time and/or trained by someone else. This does not effect their ability to enter events within the Junior Programme. Download the JHOT Registration Form (PDF).

Notes

  • Mini/Toy
    Mini and Toy Rates of travel are 0.25 metres/sec slower than Maxi/Midi to compensate for them being smaller.
  • Jumping
    Jumping Rates of travel are 0.50 metres/sec faster than Agility because dogs do not have to slow down for contact pieces of equipment.

See Titles for information about what is required to achieve these awards.

Rule Book

This is an easy to read rulebook. It contains simple diagrams of all obstacles and outlines everything that is involved with Agility competitions and the way ADAA Ltd governs Agility.

The current (10th) Edition was released effective May 2017. If you join ADAA you can order a rule book with your membership. You can also purchase a rule book – details are in our Agility Shop. The 10th Edition of the ADAA Regulations (PDF) is also available for download.