Agility, the Ultimate of Dog Sports
A team sport where you are in charge of the strategy and your dog is responsible for the athleticism. Dog’s leap over hurdles, power through tunnels, zip through a slalom of upright poles and scale ramps of different sizes. The aim is to find the balance between the control of the dog and the speed of the performance. Scoring is based on faults, similar to equestrian show jumping. A dog that completes the obstacles correctly within the set time will earn a Clear Round. Dogs earn titles when they achieve a set number of clear rounds. Visit the About ADAA page to learn more about ADAA agility.
These can be a variety of Hurdles, Tunnels, Tyre jumps, Contact area equipment (Dogwalk, A-Frame and Seesaw) and Weave Poles. All designed with safety and spectator appeal in mind.
Our Rules and Regulations contain descriptions and measurements of obstacles and covers how performance is marked in a competition. The height and width settings for the obstacles in relation to the different event classes can be found in Sections 3 and 4. Diagrams of the obstacles are included in our Rule Book and may help you with building your own agility equipment.
The A-Frame consists of two wide ramps. When upright the A-Frame looks like the letter ‘A’. The part of the ramp nearest the ground (when upright) is painted in a contrasting colour to the top part. This indicates the part of the ramp that dogs need to make contact with.
| Long Jump
The Long Jump consists of two to five low planks, spaced slightly apart and raised off the ground a little. This jump has marker poles at each corner. The planks have a slight horizontal slope and each graduates in height and width. The narrowest plank is the lowest to the ground.
There are a variety of hurdles (jumps) utilised for agility competitions and include single, spread, winged and solid. Hurdles consist of two uprights that hold a bar, bars or solid element. Dogs jump between the uprights and over whatever is between. The height of the jump depends on the height class of an event.
The See-Saw is similar to a child’s see-saw in that it consists of one long plank fixed to a sturdy base it can pivot on. Each end of the plank is painted in a contrasting colour to the rest of the plank to show where dogs need to touch. Dogs run up the plank, tip it, and then run down. The see-saw is known as a ‘Teeter’ or ‘Teeter-Totter’.
The tyre obstacle consists of a specially constructed circle with a magnetic aperture to break open at the bottom if hit (allowing the dog to travel forward). This is suspended in a sturdy frame and dogs jump through the hole in the tyre. The height the tyre is suspended at depends on the height class of an event.
| Pipe Tunnel
The Pipe Tunnel is a long flexible tube that dogs run through. The diameter of the tunnel is 600-800mm and the length when straight is around 3-7m. This tunnel is often flexed into different shapes, from straight, to a complete ‘U’ shape, to an ‘S’ bend. ADAA sell Pipe Tunnels that meet competition specifications.
The dog walk consists of three equal length planks. These join together to form an up ramp, a cross ramp and a down ramp. Like the A-Frame, the area on the up and down ramps closest to the ground is painted in a contrasting colour. This indicates the part of the plank that dogs need to make contact with.
A wall jump is a solid jump built and painted to resemble a wall. This type of jump consists of two uprights with a solid piece between. All elements of a wall jump should be built to be easily dislodged.
Weave poles consist of a set of upright poles spaced at either 550 or 600 mm between centres. Most events utilise a set of 12 poles but some games can use a different number. Dogs slalom in and out of the gaps between the poles.