something that is fun and fast paced to do with your Beagle?
Looking for something to do with your finished show dog?
Agility is the answer and Beagles are naturals for this fun
competition between you, your Beagle and the clock.
titles does not require placing in the top of your class! It
requires you to successfully complete the designed course in
the allotted amount of time. Dog and handler teams compete
according to experience level and height of the dog.
As with any
competition agility will take time and training to compete.
There are clubs and classes for training in just about every
city and town across the country. Most can be found on the
internet. You can go to trials to talk to competitors to find
out where they train. When looking for a club to train with
look for one that is flexible in training techniques, as not
all dogs or people respond to the same way of training. Visit
a few of the sessions and talk to people.
There are numerous
national organizations that offer agility trials, each having
slightly different classes, rules and regulations although the
general principals are same. However, every organization
will have these classes broken down to experience level and
height for competition.
In AKC, for example,
there are two basic classes, standard agility and jumpers with
weaves (JWW). Each of these classes is then broken down in to
experience level of not only the dog but of the handler -
Novice, Open and Excellent. Those classes are further broke
down to the height at which the dog is to jump.
For more specific
information, trials, rules and regulations of different
AKC (American Kennel Club) –
USDAA (United States Dog
Agility Association -
NADAC (North American Dog
Agility Council) –
DOCNA (Dog On Course In North
Above all, this is
meant to be fun for you and your Beagle.
Not all of
the following obstacles will be in every organization and some
organizations will have obstacles not listed. You will have to
check with each organization for more details.