About

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 achievedRegistration 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.

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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.

 

1)  Small dogs- For dogs who measure under 350mm at the wither. The jumps and tyre are lowered for these dogs, although the “contact obstacles” i.e. A-frame, dogwalk and see-saw, remain at the standard height.

Lower height jump option=250mm
Standard jump=350mm

 

2)  Medium dogs- For dogs who measure over 350mm but under 430mm at the wither.  Again jumps and tyre are lowered with the contact obstacles remaining at standard height.

Lower height jump option=350mm
Standard jump=450mm

 

3) Large dogs-  All dogs measuring over 430mm at the withers. Obviously large dogs that are clearly over 430mm can be measured before they turn 15 months of age.

Lower height jump option=550mm
Standard jump=650mm

 

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 socialising your dog.

Dogs should be fit and healthy and have good basic obedience skills before attempting agility training.

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