Agility has become the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States. It’s an activity that strengthens the bond between dog and handler and provides fun and exercise for both, which might explain why it’s so enjoyable to watch. At TRS we require our professional students to complete and test at the novice level.
Levels of Agility Competition
There are three levels of competition in agility:
Novice is for the dog that is just starting in agility. There are 14 to 16 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Novice class is on performing the obstacles with minimal handling technique.
Open is for the dog that has completed the Novice level. There are 16 to 18 obstacles on this course. The focus of the open class is on more difficult obstacle-course performance with more handling skill required.
Excellent is for the dog that has completed the Open level. There are
18 to 20 obstacles on this course. The focus of the Excellent A & B class is to provide the opportunity for dogs and handlers to demonstrate their superior skills in moving quickly and efficiently with close communication and teamwork through challenging agility courses. The Excellent B level is the class where dog/handler teams can earn the title of Master Agility Champion (MACH) in the Regular Classes.