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Agility News & Updates
This is where you'll find the latest news and information about UKC Agility.
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Find a UKC Agility trial in your area.
Agility Rules
In pdf format. Hardcopies of the Agility Rulebooks are also available in our online store.
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History Of The Program

The sport of dog Agility was introduced to the United Kennel Club in 1994, when the National Club for Dog Agility announced that they would be merged with the United Kennel Club.


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The rules for which NCDA events operated under were adopted into the United Kennel Club and have been used as the basis for the UKC Agility program. The rules set forth by Charles (Bud) Kramer and the NCDA were not focused on which dog could complete a series of jumps and tunnels the fastest, but to see which dog and handler teams had the ability to maintain control and quickly maneuver their way through a set course of various obstacles. The United Kennel Club has worked very hard to maintain the teamwork focused mentality of this sport as it was since the very first UKC Licensed Agility trial held in 1995.


All photos provided by Lake Michigan.

The UKC Agility Program has quickly grown through the years to become the second largest participation program overseen by the Dog Events Department. Agility is one of our most beginner friendly programs. The UKC Agility program is one of the only agility programs to offer handlers and dogs new to the sport a chance to familiarize the dog on the course prior to actually trialing. Some other key factors that set UKC Agility apart from all other agility programs are the unique obstacles and the different requirements set for how the dog and handler must approach and complete each obstacle. Although the main focus is on the dog’s performance, and not based as much on speed you’ll still be amazed at the incredibly fast pace that these dogs complete the tough courses. In UKC agility the dog must have the confidence to work away from their owner as well as maintain the focus required to listen for the commands of where they need to go next. If you ever have the opportunity to sit and watch a UKC Agility trial or even better participate in a trial you will forever be amazed that the level of bond it takes to complete even the simplest course.



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