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Dog Agility: What's it all about?

Updated March 1998: "Agility has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade! Time to update the information and resources for Agile Vizsla enthusiasts!" Melissa Thomas

The outline of this document highlights:

Online Agility Organizations
Agility Publications Additional Reading
Equipment Resources

Agility (brief definition taken from the AKC regulations)

The purpose of AKC agility trials is to afford owners the opportunity to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with its handler under a variety of conditions. The program begins with basic entry level agility, and progresses to more complex levels that require dogs to demonstrate higher levels of training and interactions with their handlers. Agility results in a better rounded, conditioned dog, provides good basic training for search and rescue dogs, demonstrates good training and citizenship and has excellent spectator appeal. Agility trials are a sport and all participants should be guided by the principles
of good sportsmanship both in and outside the trial course.

Want a great place to explore the international world of agility?

A great encyclopedia of information can be found at the Dogpatch. The Dogpatch Agility

Online Agility Organizations:

American Kennel Club Agility AKC

United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. USDAA

North American Dog Agility Council, Inc. NADAC

Australian Shepherd Club of America ASCA

International Agility Link IAL

Agility United Kingdom UK

The Agility Network

New Zealand Agility

Agility Publications:

Agility Training, The Fun Sport For All Dogs
Jane Simmons-Moake
Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Co., 866 3rd
Ave., NY, NY 10022
Order online from

Enjoying Dog Agility
Julie Daniels
Doral Publishing, P.O. Box 596, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Order online from

Jumping From A To Z. Teach Your Dog to Soar
M. Chris Zink, DVM & Julie Daniels
Canine Sports Productions, 1810A York Road, #360,
Lutherville, MD 21093

Introductory Agility Workbook
Cleanrun Productions, 35 Walnut Street, Turners Falls,
MA 01376
(413) 863-8303

Intermediate Agility Workbook
Cleanrun Productions

Advanced Agility Workbook
Cleanrun Productions

Agility Games: A Guide to Playing and Training
Stuart Mah
Cleanrun Productions

Fundamentals of Course Design for Dog Agility
Stuart Mah
Cleanrun Productions

Dog Agility Training: Building A Winning Team
Stuart Mah & Kathryn Lofthouse
Cleanrun Productions

Agility Training For The Small Dog (Book & Video)
Eva M. Martin
2275 Huntington Dr., #276, San Mariono, CA 91108
(818) 798-8110

The Clothier Natural Jumping Method
Suzanne Clothier
Flying Dog Press, PO Box 290AB, Stanton, NJ 08885
1 (800) 7FlyDog

Agility Training Workbook
Suzanne Clothier & Linda Caplan
Flying Dog Press

Motivational Agility Training (Video)
Suzanne Clothier & Linda Caplan
Flying Dog Press

Your Athletic Dog: A Functional Approach (Workbook & Video)
Suzanne Clothier
Flying Dog Press

United Kingdom:

Agility Is Fun (Books 1 and 2)
The "Our Dogs" Publishing Co. LTD.,
Ruth Hobday, Willow Batch, Carding Mill Valley,
Church Stretton,
Tele: 0694-723126
Tapes also available.

Agility Fun The Hobday Way
Ruth Hobday
Clean Run Productions

Agility Dog International
Peter Lewis
Canine Publications,
21 Burridge Rd., Burridge, Southampton SO3 7BY England
Tapes also available.

Teaching Agility
Peter Lewis
Canine Publications

Additional Reading:

Peak Performance, Coaching The Canine Athelete.
M. Chris Zink, DVM
Canine Sports Productions
1810A York Road, #360
Lutherville, MD 21093

Don't Shoot The Dog! The New Art Of Teaching And Training.
Karen Pryor
Simon & Schuster
Rockefeller Center
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020


Action K9 Sports, 27425 Catlauna, Sun City, CA
92585, (909)

Pipe Dreams, 35 Walnut St., Turner Falls, MA 01376,
(413) 863-8303,

Grateful Dog Agility Gear, 20146 Acre St., Winnetka
CA 91306, (818)

Paw Z Tracks, Box 39, Site 1, RR #7, Calgary,
Alberta, Canada
2G7, (403)

MAX 200, 114 Beach St., Bldg 5, Rockaway, NJ 07866,
(800) 446-2920,

J and J Dog Supplies, P.O. Box 1517, Galesburg, IL
61402, (800) 642-2050

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