Dog Agility is a fun sport where a handler directs their dog over or through various types of obstacles.
Agility tests the dog's athletic abilities and willingness to follow instructions. The dog must successfully jump across or through obstacles, run through tunnels, weave through vertical poles and climb over large, narrow or teetering objects. The handler's job is to plan the dog's course through the obstacles and guide the dog using voice or body gestures (no leash).
There are multiple national level organizations, each with a slightly different “flavor” of agility. Some emphasize speed, some stress consistent performance, some have more games & strategy classes, some reward distance handling, some use different obstacles. This means that everyone can find an organization (or two) that fit your team's strengths and preferences.
American Kennel Club (AKC) – https://www.akc.org/sports/agility/
Canine Performance Events (CPE) – https://cpe.dog
North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) – https://nadac.com
Toy Dog Agility Association (TDAA) - https://www.k9tdaa.com/
United Kennel Club (UKC) – https://www.ukcdogs.com/agility
UK Agility International (UKI) – https://ukagilityinternational.com
United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) – https://usdaa.com
In Florida, start with this website:
http://Floridagility.com (only 1 'a' in the middle)
The Training section lists agility instructors and facilities by geographic region. There may be instructors that are not listed here, but it is a good place to start.
It also has a Calendar of events in Florida for all the different organizations.
Outside of Florida you can try https://googility.com/.
Additionally, each agility organization listed in the question above has their own calendars of events.
Variety, Safety and Easy Practice.
We have equipment from multiple different organizations. The competition approved equipment in the fenced ring lets you to practice safely. Each week different courses or exercises are setup so you don't have to move equipment around unless you want to.
Advance Toward Titles
With the recent world events, many organizations are promoting video options for earning titles. You can use the field to record your run over an official course and send it in for Qualifying scores!
Practice Makes Pawfect is conveniently located in east Orange County between SR 50 (Colonial), SR 520 and SR 528 (Beachline) in the Wedgefield neighborhood.
We are less than 20 minutes from:
And less than 30 mins from:
Our address is
20351 Northcliff Street
Orlando, FL 32833
Bring treats and toys to reward your dog for their good work. You may wish to bring a crate for your dog to rest in the shade when you are not actively playing with him. Chairs are available, but you may wish to bring your own. There is a (potable) water hose and pool/trough available to get them wet, but bring your own bowl. And always bring poop bags to clean up after your pet.
As you enter the property you will see the agility fields to the left. Come up the left hand side of the drive and turn left into the pasture to park. You can either work out of your car or set up your crate in the shade. On the table by the ring you will find a black box with information in it. Please read, fill out and sign a waiver and the Field Rules on the back before using the equipment. Place your payment in the marked envelope in the box. Clipboards will have maps for the courses set up. Then go have fun. If you move jumps around, please put them back to their original location for the next person. Here is a video of what you will see.
Yes! Please come see what agility is about! We are a friendly crowd that is eager to talk about our dogs and our sport.
The first time, I suggest you leave your dog at home. That way you can relax and talk with people without worrying about upsetting a competing dog that needs to focus. Also, there are areas you might want to check out where dogs are prohibited. Once you get the lay of the land, then well-behaved non-competing dogs are welcome to spectate. It helps to bring crate/treats/toys/bowls/shade/etc to keep your dog comfortable.
Learn more about our Canine Performance Events (CPE) Agility and Scent trials for Pawsitive Action K9 Sports by checking out and joining their FaceBook group!
We post challenging exercises, event updates and other dog related nuggets of wisdom or fun.
Periodically we have Fun Runs ("practice competitions"), Seminars, Workshops and other educational events.
Structured Practice is a self-paced learning program that uses predefined weekly exercises to help you improve your skills. You can come out multiple times a week to work through the exercises as described in written instructions.
And you can rent Practice Makes Pawfect for your own event or get-together!
Yes, you can! In addition to the hourly rentals available through the website, you can hold your own events here. Contact us for details on full or multiple day rates.
Christy Gammage owns and operates Practice Makes Pawfect at her home in east Orlando. She loves learning new skills and playing with her dogs. She is an experienced competitor in 6 different organizations. Her dogs have earned their CPE championships (C-ATCHs and a C-ATE) and multiple titles in other organizations.