Agility Titles you can earn

Titles are letters added to the end of a dog’s name to signify that a dog has achieved a certain standard in agility. Dogs who gain titles are presented with a certificate and rosette. ADAA also have Handler Awards. You can also visit our Hall of Fame for listings of titled dogs. The ADAA Regulations (PDF) have full explanations and details about titles.

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Combined Program International Program Regular Program Junior Program
Handler Awards Junior Handler Awards Junior Achievement Awards

Titles in the Combined Program

  • Beginner Australian Agility Dog (BAAD) – Dogs that have gained four Clear Round certificates in Combined-Elementary Agility/Jumping Tests with at least two being gained in Agility Tests.
  • Australian Agility Dog (AAD) – Dogs that have gained four Clear Round certificates in Combined-Starters within the CP, Intermediate and/or Open within the IP, or Regular-Intermediate and/or Regular-Open within the RP for Agility/Jumping Tests with at least two being gained in Agility Tests.
  • Australian Agility Team Dog (AATD) – Dogs that have gained three “Qualifying” Certificates from Combined-Open Pairs Games and Combined-Open Team Games, with at least one being from a Team Game. See our notes about finding a partner or team mates.

Titles in the International Program

  • Senior Australian Agility Dog (SAAD) – Dogs that have their AAD title and then gain five clear round certificates in Intermediate and/or Open Agility/Jumping Tests, with at least three being gained in Agility Tests.
  • Australian Jumping Dog (AJD) – Dogs that have gained seven Clear Round Certificates in Intermediate, Open and/or Advanced Jumping Tests with at least three being gained in Open and/or Advanced Jumping Tests. CRC used toward another title are not eligible.
  • Master Australian Agility Dog (MAAD) – Dogs that have their SAAD title and then gain six clear round certificates in Open Agility/Jumping Tests (with at least two being Agility) and three qualifying certificates from any Open standard Individual Game (with at least one being Gamblers or Snooker).An application for MAAD title that does not include a Qualifying Certificate for Open Individual Gamblers must include any Open Standard Clear Round or Qualifying Certificate that has been achieved on or after 1 January 2003. Cards that have been used toward another title are not eligible to be used.
    • Additional Achievement MAAD2, MAAD3, etc. Dogs that have their MAAD title, may go on to earn the title of MAAD2, when the dog has earned enough qualifications to gain the MAAD title over again. There is no limit to the recognition a MAAD dog can achieve. It would be possible in theory, to be awarded the title MAAD20.
  • Australian Agility Games Dog (AAGD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates, after 1 January 2001, in Open Individual Games, with at least two being from Gamblers and at least two being from Snooker. Other Games may make up the further three “Qualifying” Certificates. “Qualifying” Certificates from Open Individual Games, utilised to achieve another title (eg MAAD), are not eligible.
    • Additional Achievement AAGD2, AAGD3, etc. Dogs that have their AAGD title, may go on to earn the title of AAGD2, when the dog has earned enough qualifications to gain the AAGD title over again. There is no limit to the recognition a AAGD dog can achieve. It would be possible in theory, to be awarded the title AAGD20.
  • Gamblers Dog (GD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Open Individual Gamblers Games on or after 1 January 2003. QC used toward another title are not eligible. See article about starting in Games.
  • Snooker Dog (SD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Open Individual Snooker Games on or after 1 January 2003. QC used toward another title are not eligible.
  • Steeplechase Dog (SCD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Open Individual Steeplechase Games on or after 1 May 2017. QC used toward another title are not eligible.
  • Advanced Australian Agility Dog (AAAD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Advanced Agility / Jumping Tests with a minimum of 2 from Agility and 2 from Jumping on or after 15 January 2010.
  • Australian Agility Champion (AAC) – Dogs that have gained the titles MAAD, AAGD and AATD.
  • International Agility Dog (IAD) – Dogs that have already been awarded the title SAAD and then gain seven International Certificates in Advanced Agility/Jumping Tests (with a minimum of two Agility and two Jumping).
    • Additional Achievement IAD2, IAD3, etc. Dogs that have their IAD title, may go on to earn the title of IAD2, when the dog has earned enough qualifications to gain the IAD title over again. There is no limit to the recognition a IAD dog can achieve. It would be possible in theory, to be awarded the title IAD20.

Titles in the Regular Program

  • Regular Senior Australian Agility Dog (R-SAAD) – Dogs that have gained five Clear Round Certificates in Regular-Intermediate and/or Regular-Open Agility/Jumping Tests, with at least three of the Clear Round Certificates being gained in Agility Tests. There is some scope to recognise Clear Round cards earned previously in the International program.
  • Regular Australian Jumping Dog (R-AJD) – Dogs that have gained seven Clear Round Certificates in Regular-Intermediate and / or Regular-Open Jumping Tests with at least three being gained in Regular-Open Jumping Tests. CRC used toward another title are not eligible.
  • Regular Master Australian Agility Dog (R-MAAD) – Dogs that have their R-SAAD title and then gain six clear round certificates in Regular-Open Agility/Jumping Tests (with at least two being Agility) and three qualifying certificates from any Regular-Open standard Individual Game (with at least one being Gamblers or Snooker). There is some scope to recognise Clear Round cards earned previously in the International program.
    • Additional Achievement R-MAAD2, R-MAAD3, etc. Dogs that have their R-MAAD title, may go on to earn the title of R-MAAD2, when the dog has earned enough qualifications to gain the R-MAAD title over again. There is no limit to the recognition a R-MAAD dog can achieve. It would be possible in theory, to be awarded the title R-MAAD20.
  • Regular Australian Agility Games Dog (R-AAGD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates in Regular Open Individual Games, with at least two being from Gamblers and at least two being from Snooker. Other Games may make up the further three “Qualifying” Certificates. “Qualifying” Certificates from Regular Open Individual Games, utilised to achieve another title (eg R-MAAD), are not eligible.
    • Additional Achievement R-AAGD2, R-AAGD3, etc. Dogs that have their R-AAGD title, may go on to earn the title of R-AAGD2, when the dog has earned enough qualifications to gain the R-AAGD title over again. There is no limit to the recognition a R-AAGD dog can achieve. It would be possible in theory, to be awarded the title AAGD20.
  • Regular Gamblers Dog (R-GD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Regular Open Individual Gamblers Games. QC used toward another title are not eligible. See article about starting in Games.
  • Regular Snooker Dog (R-SD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Regular Open Individual Snooker Games. QC used toward another title are not eligible.
  • Regular Steeplechase Dog (R-SCD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Regular Open Individual Steeplechase Games. QC used toward another title are not eligible.
  • Regular Advanced Australian Agility Dog (R-AAAD) – Dogs that have gained seven “Qualifying” Certificates from Regular Advanced Agility / Jumping Tests with a minimum of 2 from Agility and 2 from Jumping on or after 15 January 2010.
  • Regular Australian Agility Champion (R-AAC) – Dogs that have gained the titles R-MAAD (MAAD), R-AAGD (AAGD) and AATD.

Titles in the Junior Program

  • Junior Handler Owned & Trained 1 (JHOT1) – JHOT competitor that has gained four JHOT Certificates in Junior-Elementary, Junior-Starters, Combined-Starters, Junior-Intermediate, Intermediate, Regular-Intermediate, Open, Regular-Open and/or Advanced Agility/Jumping Tests with a minimum of two being gained in Agility Tests.
  • Junior Handler Owned & Trained 2 (JHOT2) – JHOT competitor that has gained the JHOT1 and then been awarded seven JHOT Certificates in Junior-Intermediate, Intermediate, Regular-Intermediate, Open, Regular-Open and/or Advanced Agility/Jumping Tests with at least of two being gained in Agility Tests and two from Jumping Tests. Additional achievement is then available.

Handler Awards

  • Bronze Handler Award (BHA) – Issued to Handlers who have achieved 100 Clear Round and/or Qualifying Certificates from any Standard. The member applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog is irrelevant. The BHA signifies the handler’s contribution and commitment to ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Silver Handler Award (SHA) – Issued to Handlers who have achieved 200 Clear Round and/or Qualifying Certificates from any Standard. The member applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog is irrelevant. The SHA signifies the handler’s long term contribution and commitment to ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Gold Handler Award (GHA) – Issued to Handlers who have achieved 300 Clear Round and/or Qualifying Certificates from any Standard. The member applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog is irrelevant. The GHA signifies the handler’s significant contribution and outstanding commitment to ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Diamond Handler Award (DHA) – Issued to Handlers who have achieved 500 Clear Round and/or Qualifying Certificates from any Standard/Programme except Junior. The member applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog is irrelevant. The DHA signifies the handler’s significant contribution and extreme commitment to ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Platinum Handler Award (PHA) – Issued to Handlers who have achieved 750 Clear Round and/or Qualifying Certificates from any Standard/Programme except Junior. The member applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog is irrelevant. The PHA signifies the handler’s long term and extraordinary contribution and extreme commitment to ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Platinum Plus Handler Award (PPHA) – Issued to Handlers who have achieved 1000 Clear Round and/or Qualifying Certificates from any Standard/Programme except Junior. The member applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog is irrelevant. Further PPHA are available in increments of a further 500 certificates. The PPHA signifies the handler’s long term and extraordinary contribution and extreme commitment to ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility. The above awards are applied for on a title application form, but do not list cards achieved. Submit to any judge at a competition for counting. There is no fee for applying for this award.

Junior Handler Awards

The Junior Programme is restricted to Junior members (have their own membership category) or Full members between the age of 10 and 16 (inclusive) that are included on a “Family” membership. The Board of Directors may approve schedules splitting the Junior class.

  • Junior Handler Award (JHA)- Issued to Junior handlers who have achieved 4 Clear Round Certificates from any Standard (Agility or Jumping Tests) within the Junior Programme, with a minimum of two being from Agility Tests. The Junior Handler applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog on each Certificate is irrelevant. The JHA award signifies the Junior handler’s basic understanding of handling within the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Junior Handler Award 2 (JHA2)- Issued to Junior handlers who have been awarded JHA and have subsequently achieved 7 Clear Round Certificates from Junior-Starters or Junior-Intermediate Agility or Jumping Tests (with at least 2 being from Junior Intermediate Agility Tests and 2 being from Junior Intermediate Jumping Tests). The Junior Handler applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog on each Certificate is irrelevant. The JHA2 award signifies the Junior handler’s progression, increased handling skills and confidence within the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Junior Handler Award 3 (JHA3)- Issued to Junior handlers who have been awarded JHA2 and have subsequently achieved 10 Clear Round Certificates from Junior Intermediate Agility/Jumping with at least 2 being from Junior Intermediate Agility Tests and 2 being from Junior Intermediate Jumping Tests). The Junior Handler applying for the award must be listed on each Certificate as the Handler. The owner of the dog on each Certificate is irrelevant. The JHA3 award signifies the Junior handler’s commitment and high level of handling skill within the sport of Dog Agility.

Junior Achievement Awards

Only Clear Round Certificates gained at Competitions within the JP will be accepted, JHOT Certificates may not be used towards the JAA.

  • Junior Achievement Award – Bronze (JAAB) – Junior Handlers who have achieved 25 Clear Round Certificates from any Standard within the Junior Programme. The JAAB signifies the Junior Handler’s determination to achieve within the ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Junior Achievement Award – Silver (JAAS) – Junior Handlers who have achieved 50 Clear Round Certificates from any Standard within the Junior Programme. The JAAS signifies the Junior Handler’s proven determination and ability to achieve within the ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
  • Junior Achievement Award – Gold (JAAG) – Junior Handlers who have achieved 75 Clear Round Certificates from any Standard within the Junior Programme. The JAAG signifies the Junior Handler’s proven determination, ability and commitment to achieve within the ADAA and the sport of Dog Agility.
Green and Gold Title Certificate Green and Gold Title Rosette
Title Certificate Title Rosette

On receipt of your application for a title and appropriate fee, ADAA will issue you with the above mementoes of this wonderful achievement. Title patches for clothing are also available, see the ADAA Agility Shop for details. Visit our Forms page for title application forms.