About Agility

What is Agility?

Agility is a timed event where a handler and their dog navigate an obstacle course neither of them have seen before. Dogs are judged on the accuracy of completing each obstacle and maintaining the proper course flow, and are scored based on completing each obstacle without a “fault” while completing the course in the quickest time possible. Each course is assessed a standard course time so dogs that are accurate but slow, may be assessed time faults that would be added to their score.



Each obstacle has it’s own challenge, and obstacles can be placed so that they present additional challenges to the dog and handler. The dog will know which obstacle to take next by listening to the handler’s voice, and watching the handler for non-verbal cues and jesters. Standard agility obstacles include:

  • A-Frame
  • Dog Walk
  • Teeter-Totter or Seesaw
  • Tunnel
  • Collapsed Tunnel or Chute or Cloth Tunnel
  • Single Jump
  • Broad Jump
  • Double Jump
  • Tire Jump
  • Table
  • Weave Poles