The Club , as it is presently known, Ayrshire Dog Agility Club, began about 25 years ago, as a “hobby” amongst six friends and was held at a farm belonging to one of the friends.
After a while, the Local Council was approached with a view to obtaining a more permanent venue and the Council offered a grass area behind a sports hall and the move was agreed. Subsequent interest and publicity resulted in an increase of people wishing to try Agility, and the Club began to take off. A Committee was formed, Officers elected, and the Club began to have a firm structure and basis.
In 1996, the ground was re-developed and after much searching, the club moved to its present venue, at Williamwood Field, Fullarton Woods, Troon. We had to fund -raise to purchase two large shipping containers, in which to store our equipment, but due to an enthusiastic membership, this was achieved within a year!!
The Membership currently stands at 38. And in 2009, the club achieved registration with The Kennel Club.
The club trains once a week on a general club night, with unlimited access to the field, which allows for any further training the members require.
We train outdoors during the Spring/Summer ( ie April to October) and then move indoors to our winter venue at Grassyards Farm. This allows training to continue all year round.
Whilst many Members actively compete at Agility Shows, the Club remains a Training Club for all, so if you wish to come along for exercise and socialisation, the Club will welcome and encourage you.
What is agility
Dog Agility is a sport which consists of a dog and handler negotiating a course of obstacles in the fastest time.
It’s similar to show jumping with horses. Most breeds of dog can take part and there are three height classes.
All dogs must be measured before they compete at their first Kennel Club show and must be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed or Activity Register prior to measurement. Dogs must be over the age of 15 months before they are measured.
Small, medium and not obviously large dogs must be measured twice. The second measurement must be 12-24 months after the date of the first measurement.
A new lower height option was introduced by the Kennel Club from 1st July 2016 allowing agility shows to offer lower height jumps.
Agility is great fun for dogs and handlers, it keeps both fit and encourages “teamwork” which strengthens partnerships. It is also a good way of progressing your training and socializing your dog.
Dogs should be fit and healthy and have good basic obedience skills before attempting agility training.