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Eligibility for Classes
If you're grade 1 or 2 it can be confusing working out which classes you're eligible for, especially if you want someone in a higher grade to run your dog for you.  Here are the rules with some examples.

Schedules and Entry forms
If you want to enter a show and you're not quite sure how to go about it then have a look at this guide.  It will help you understand how to enter a Kennel Club agility show and what to put on the entry form.

How to get started in agility
Where to go for training and what you need to do to take part in agility.  If you don't know where to start this page will help you to find training classes, shows and registering on the activity register.

You must get your dog measured before you compete at a Kennel Club show.  Here's how to go about it.


Your Very First Run
So what do you do when you get to the show?  Everyone will give you advice on how to run your dog but what about the basics of how a class is run and what you have to do. This is the bit that everyone forgot to tell me, so here's a guide for the unitiated.

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Not For Competition Runs


Several independent organisations will allow you run your dog in the ring to gain experience.  If you have a young dog or you're having training issues this may be for you.


Special classes with lower jumps

If you have an older dog or a dog that isn't managing full height then these classes may be for you.

Combined and graded classes

Some people get really worried about these classes if they're in a lower grade and they're competing alongside some higher grade dogs.  There's no need to worry as the courses will be set so that your lower grade dog can run them.  I've put several recent videos on here so that you can get an idea of what you need to do. 


Grade 1 Classes (former elementary)

How difficult are the courses?  The rules have changed from 1st January 2007 but if you want to see some of the former elementary courses here's some video clips of jumping, agility and beat the clock. There's also a list of things they don't tell you about shows.

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Grade 2 (Former Starters)

This page has video clips and  information about the former Starters classes as grade 2.  Grade 1 and 2 combined classes are very similar.

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UK Agility Shows
Although Kennel Club shows are still the most common in the UK you will other other organisations such as UKA that run shows up and down the country and are gaining in popularity all the time.  Here's a brief guide to UKA shows.


Good teamwork
Sometimes you can learn a lot from watching top class handlers.  The video clip on this page shows some exceptionally good handling and I think you'll find it memorable. 

Top tips for keeping control
If you're a new agility competitor or you have a problem dog, have a look at some tips from experienced handlers for keeping control.  Contributions are welcome from competitors who would like to share useful tips.

Companion Dog Shows
If you're worried about going to a show for the first time why not get your dog used to the idea by going to a few companion dog shows.

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