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Looking for 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.

Qualifying for 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 organizations:

AKC (American Kennel Club)

USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association -

NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council)

DOCNA (Dog On Course In North America) -


  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.

JUMPS Most are single bars jumps. There is a Double Bar Jump consisting of two parallel bars and a Triple Bar Jump consisting of a series of three ascending bars. The height for all these jumps will vary according to the height of the dog.

A-FRAME - Constructed from two panels joined at the top where the dog must ascend one panel and descend the other.
DOG WALK - Consists of a center section elevated off the ground and two ramp sections.  Dogs must ascend one of the ramps, cross the center section, and descend the other ramp.
SEESAW (Sometimes referred to as the Teeter) - Consists of a plank supported near the center by a base that acts as a fulcrum. Dogs must ascend the plank causing the plank to pivot then descend the plank.
PAUSE TABLE Consists of an elevated table the dogs must pause on for a time period in either a sit or a down position as specified by the judge. The table height will vary according to the height of the dog.

OPEN TUNNEL Consists of a flexible tube that is capable of being formed into curved shapes. Dogs enter one end and exit the other end.

CLOSED TUNNEL - Consists of a rigid entrance, usually a barrel, section with a light weight fabric chute is attached. The major portion of the tunnel is formed by a chute. Dogs must enter the rigid entrance section and exit through the fabric chute

WEAVE POLLS Consist fixed rigid upright poles uniformly spaced at intervals of 20 to 24 inches Dogs must enter the Weave Poles by passing between poles and weave left to right continuing through all poles.