What is agility?
The sport of dog agility was born in England in the late 1970's as entertainment at the Crufts dog show. It was introduced to the US in 1985 and has grown by leaps and bounds ever since!
Agility is a sport open to any dog - purebred or mixed. Working as a team, the dog and handler race against the clock to complete an obstacle course. Your pet will learn to leap over jumps, run through tunnels, navigate through weave poles & lots more! You can choose to perform agility competitively or just for fun, but in either case it’s a great way to meet new friends who share common interests & love their canines like you do.
However, agility is actually much, much more... It is about learning to communicate and connect with your dog; it is about becoming a team while having fun. Agility provides a constructive outlet for your dog's energy. It builds confidence, develops self-control, and refines off-leash obedience skills.
There are several agility organizations that sanction agility trials, and these trials are held by agility clubs. The organizations that are predominant in the Chicago area include:
- CPE – Canine Performance Events
- AKC – American Kennel Club
- USDAA – United States Dog Agility Association
- ASCA – Australian Shepherd Club of America
- NADAC – North American Dog Agility Council
- UKI – UKI Agility International
For more detailed information on agility, check out
Dog Agility on Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.
The first Crufts agility course
KDC's Student Accomplishments
Rue, First Agility Q, June 2019
Frank and Jack, First AKC Agility Q's, June 2019
Jack C-ATCH, April 2017
Toby, 1000 point title, February 2017
Coco C-ATCH, January 2017
Tillie CT-ATCH, January 2016
In May 2015, Marlow and Deb earned their 1000 point title.
In November 2014, Sampson and Kim earned their CT-ATCH and T-Lee and Kim earned their CT-ATCH3 on the same day!
In November 2014, Gina & Kim earned their 1000 point title!
In November 2012, T-Lee & Kim earned their C-ATCH!
C-ATCH Tommy Lee
In October 2012, Madra & Marcia earned their C-ATCH!
C-ATCH Madra Ann
Team Henley’s first “Q”
Team Marlow’s first “Q”
Team Chuck Norris’s first “Q”
Team Coco Chanel’s first “Q”
Team Nico’s first “Q”
Team Tillie’s first “Q”
Team Lola and Team Riley's first “Q's”
Team Toby's “Q's”
Team Toby's “Q's”
“Kim- Thank you. Your class was great. Oscar and I learned a lot. Since Oscar is my 3rd dog, I've had experience with other classes. What was wonderful and different about yours was that you taught us and encouraged us to have fun with our dogs; also you focused on our relationship with our dog and helped us appreciate how special that is. We hope to be back for the next class.”-Cynthia