Agility is one of the greatest dog sports that you can join in. I was so excited to complete our first AKC agility trail after a year of training at What A Great Dog! It can be confusing trying to figure out all the procedures and processes at your first trail. So I compiled a list of FAQs I had and I was thankful someone told me about when I was at the trail.
Question 1: What do I need to pack?
You will need a decent amount of supplies for the day since you will be out all day, and possibly not near any stores. So here is my packing list for my car and backpack:
- Water Bottle
- Water Bowl
- Poop Bags
- Human Snacks
- Human Lunch and possible doggy lunch if your pup needs to eat in the afternoon
- Squeaky toy
- Spare collar or leash
- Spare charger and battery
- Towels for clean up or sitting on the ground
Question 2: How many runs in each class?
So if you sign up to participate in JWW then you only get one run in that class on the day you signed up for so you have only one shot.
Question 3: How do you measure your dog?
You measure your dog from their paws to between their shoulders with a device.
The device is a weird looking thing that many dogs don’t like the look of or when it moves. So some pre-training may be required.
Question 4: How do sign up for events?
The forms for events can be found on the AKC website or from a paper form published by the clubs holding the trail. Fill it out to the best of your ability and make sure you already are registered with the AKC for a registration number.
Question 5: Does my dog have to be crated between runs?
It is suggested that you crate dogs between runs if you can’t watch them or be leashed to them 24/7. However if your dog is like mine then crating in a new environment freaks them out. Thankful for family that came to the event with me was able to pick her up and watch her when I needed to use the bathroom or volunteer. So bring a friend or prep to crate in your car if you can’t crate without a freaked out dog.
Question 6: Was it fun?
It was so much fun! I would love to compete again. I may not have won any prizes but I may made many new friends.