Okay, but what exactly IS Dog Agility, anyhow?
Where can I learn about participation requirements for
AKC, NADAC, UKC and USDAA ?    Right here at the Family Dog Club!

Come out to our frequent agility open house events...
Just click on our calendar page for open house dates and times... You can bring your dog out, play on the agility equipment and see how much fun it is for yourself... I'll give you fair warning though.... it'll be sooo much fun you'll be hooked!!!

While your looking through our yearly calendar look at the agility trial dates... we hold several sanctioned agility trials here throughout the year... Spectators are always welcome to come out and watch trials... look for Rita she'll be happy to show you around and answer any questions you might have...

Or if you prefer give Rita a call she'll be happy to answer any questions you might have... 757-204-4411

Essentially, dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race. Scoring for the event is based upon both course completion time and accuracy. Dogs must run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives. The handler directs the dog's movements through voice, movement, and various body signals.  In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles, laid out by an agility judge in a design of his own choosing on a roughly 100 by 100 foot (30 by 30 m) area, with numbers indicating the order in which the dog must complete the obstacles. 

Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed of course completion being equally important. Many strategies exist to compensate for the inherent difference in human and dog speeds and the strengths and weaknesses of the various dogs and handlers.


The Family Dog Club trains handlers to compete
in events sponsored by the following organizations:
American Kennel Club (AKC)
North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC)
United Kennel Club (UKC)
United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)

The American Kennel Club (AKC)
AKC Agility Website
AKC registered dogs may participate in AKC Agility Events.  Only purebred dogs may register with the AKC.  A list of breeds recognized by the AKC, age requirements and registration procedures are available on the AKC website. Click here to register your dog with the AKC.  Note that a dog that does not have "papers" may be eligible to participate in AKC Agility Events through the "Indefinite Listing Privilege" (ILP) Registration Program. For more information about ILP Registration, contact: ILP@akc.org.

The North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC)
NADAC Website
All dogs must be registered with NADAC in order to compete in NADAC sanctioned events. All purebred or mixed-breed, healthy dogs are eligible to register with NADAC at any time, but must be at least 18 months old to compete. 
Click here to register your dog with NADAC. The Tails Up Agility Club holds three trials a year here at the Family Dog Club

Our local club is: Tails Up Agility Club... they host many trials a year here as well as sponsor seminars, workshops, practice nights, run-throughs, and set VT runs often... everyone is welcome to attend our many practice nights to meet our club members... to learn more about our amazing NADAC club go to our website...


The United Kennel Club (UKC)
UKC Agility Website
I understand that this link is not working... if you need UKC information please type in United Kennel Club... this should put you in the correct direction.... thanks....
Purebred and mixed-breed dogs may participate in UKC Agility Events. 
Click here for UKC Registration Info.  Purebred dogs without "papers" and mixed-breed dogs may enter UKC Agility Events, provided that the dog is spayed or neutered, through the Limited Privilege listing program.  To apply for the LP program, click here. (Look for the LP Registration form on the lower right side of the page this link brings you to.)  Owners may try a UKC event without registering their dog, by obtaining a "Temporary Listing Number."  To obtain a TLN, click here (then click on link "Apply for a TL Number on line), or call (269) 343-9020.

The United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA)
USDAA Website
Purebred and mixed-breed dogs may participate in USDAA Agility Events.  Dogs must be registered with the USDAA to compete in USDAA events. Dogs must be 18 months old to compete.  Click here to obtain a PDF copy of the USDAA registration form.

The Tails Up Agility Club
Club Website

The Tails Up Agility Club hosts three NADAC trials each year,  in the Spring and Fall. They also sponsor several agility seminars for the experienced dog & handler teams...  Although this NADAC-Affiliated Club does not have its own location, it sponsors events in conjunction with area agility clubs, including The Family Dog Club. The Tails Up Club Members love to get together and train their dogs... They usually come to the Family Dog Club at least twice a month... a Thursday evening and on a Saturday morning... They always welcome interested folks to come out and see what their club is all about... Click on our calendar page to see what days they have scheduled to play