Agility Trial Rules



  1. Agility trials are considered “fun” competitions to be enjoyed by the handlers, their dogs and the spectators. It is designed to test the ability of the dog to overcome a series of obstacles whilst under the control of the handler without the use of a lead.
  2. Informality is encouraged, although nothing may be included in an agility test or trial, which could endanger the safety of the dogs, handlers and spectators.
  3. All dogs entered, do so at their owners’ risk and whilst every care will be taken by the shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury however caused to dogs, person or property whilst at the Trials.

Rules particular to Agility Trials

  1. Minimum Age: A dog must be at least 12 months of age on the date of the Agility Trial it is entered for.
  2. Walking the course: Handlers may be given the opportunity to walk the course before the actual Agility Trial begins; on the instructions of the Judge or Trial Manager.
  3. Attempting all obstacles: Obstacles are to be numbered according to the sequence determined by the Judge. Every obstacle must be attempted in the correct order designed by the Judge.
  4. Specifications of obstacles: The obedience Trial Committee reserves the right to include or remove any obstacles from use at the Agility Trials from time to time. The recommended specifications of the obstacles shall be as set out in Annex B or as amended from time to time by the Obedience Trial Committee.
  5. Tie: in three event of a tie, there will be a re-run to determine the winner.
  6. Agility Trial Rings: The recommended outdoors Trial Ring should measure not less than 12 metres by 9 metres. While the recommended indoor Trial Ring should measure not less than 7.5 metres by 5 metres.
  7. Design of agility course: the design of the course shall be at the discretion of the Judge. Except that the agility course must not require a dog to traverse more than 20 obstacles or less than 7.
  8. Safety: The dog must not wear slip/check chain, collars or lead when under test. Under no circumstances may any obstacles involve the use of fire. At all times, total consideration must be given for the safety of the dog.


There will be two classes

  1. Mini-agility dog class: the height of the dog at the withers shall be below 450mm.
  2. Maxi-agility dog class: the height of the dog at the withers shall be equals or greater than 450mm.


Points Systems

  1. Point swill is awarded only if there are at least 4 entries on a particular Trial date. For this purpose entries shall mean the actual number of dogs that have competed on the Trial date.
  2. Points to be awarded are as follows:

    A. 4-10 – ENTRIES
    First 70 points
    Second 50 points
    Third 30 points
    Fourth 10 points

    B. 11 and more entries
    First 90 points
    Second 70 points
    Third 50 points
    Fourth 30 points

  3. If there is a TIE on points at year and, the winner be the one with the most clears rounds during the year. shall keep a list of all keep a list of all competing dog with awards, and the names, addresses of their owners for a period of twelve months form the date of an agility trial

Description of the trial

  1. Jumps
    Dogs to clear the high jumps, which may include one or all of the following: triple jump, spread hurdle. Wall, brush fence, castle and a broad jump. No part of a jump should be knocked down or be caused to topple over. Dogs should not run or walk over any part of the broad jump.

    Note: For missing or refusing any part of the triple jump, the dog must re-attempt only that part of the triple jump that was missed/refused.

  2. Tunnel(s)
    Dogs to go through the tunnel(s) from the end designated by the judge and re-appear from the other end.
  3. ‘A” Frame
    Dogs to climb up the ramp, placing at least one foot in the section for Mini dogs and yellow section for the Maxi dogs, negotiate the apex and than climb down placing one foot in the foot in the red section for Mini dogs and yellow section for the maxi Dogs before getting off.
  4. Dog Walk
    Dogs to go up the ramp of the dog walk, placing at least one foot in the red section for Mini dogs and Yellow section for Maxi dogs, negotiate the top section and then descend, placing one foot in the red section for Mini dogs and yellow section for Maxi dog.

    If a dog misses the relevant coloured section of the Dog Walk on the way up and down, it must be counted as fault

  5. Weaving Poles
    The dog to enter this obstacle between the first 2 poles and then continue weaving between all the other poles. For each weaving poolside, the dog must be re-directed to make the correct entry form the missed polo.
  6. Table
    Dogs to jump onto the table and remain there while the hander stands beside the table for count of five until the judge/steward indicates that the dog is to continue with the course. For leaving that table before the five counts is completed, the dog must get back on the fable before the five count is repeated.
  7. Tyre
    Dogs to jump through the tyre. The tyre should not be used as an aid for clearing them.
  8. See-saw
    Dog to go up the rump of the see-saw, placing at least one foot in red section for Mini dogs and yellow section for the maxi dogs to negotiate past the balance point of the see-saw, and then descend the down ramp placing one foot in the red section for Mini dogs and yellow section for Maxi dogs before getting off.

    If a dog misses the relevant coloured section of the See-saw on the way up and down , it must be counted as 2 faults

Orders from the Judge/Steward 

  1. Starting and finishing
    Prior to the start of each test, the judge/steward will ask the handler “Are you ready?” Judging shall end when the dog crosses the finishing line.
  2. From the Table
    Once the dog is on the table, the judge/steward will proceed with the five counts and then give the command “Go” for the handler and dog to continue with the series of obstacles.

Marking shall be on a time fault basis.

  1. Clear Round Bonus
    • Where a dog receives a clear round, it shall receive a bonus deduction of five seconds form the total time for that round.
    • To obtain a clear round, the dog must complete the course as designed by the Judge without committing any faults. For a clear round, a dog must clear all the obstacles as described in the ”Description of the trial” and not display any refusal to clear any obstacles.
  2. Deductions

    Each fault shall carry a five seconds penalty.
    That is, five seconds will be added to the time taken by dog to complete the entire course.

  3. Other Faults
    Clearing an obstacle in the wrong sequence.


A dog will be disqualified:

  1. If the dog accumulates three refusals at 1obstacle.
  2. If the dog does not re-attempt a missed or refused obstacle
  3. If the handler physically handles the dog to assist it.
  4. If the handler touches the equipment to assist the dog
  5. If the dog fouls the ring
  6. If the dog tackles an obstacle in the wrong sequence.

Note: The dog handler may be permitted to continue to complete the Agility course notwithstanding any disqualification. If the positions of competitors are to be determined by the better of 2 or more attempts at the Agility course, then any disqualification shall only affect the particular attempt at the Agility course.