What is agility?
In agility the dog must go over jumps and items such as a seesaw, an A-frame and go through weave poles, a tire, and a tunnel as seen here. This is a very fast competition with most dogs finishing a course in just a couple of minutes. The competition is timed and the fastest dog that completes all of the exercises wins. He qualifies as do all of the dogs that finish the entire course within the time limit set by the judge. In the entry level, called Novice, the dog must qualify three times before going to the next level called Open. After three qualifying scores there, the dog is entered in Excellent. At each level there are two separate competitions; one is Standard which uses a lot of the contact obstacles like the dog walk and the pause table and the other is Jumpers with Weaves which only uses jumps and a tunnel.

For more information, go to the American Kennel Club website at Let you mouse hover over “Events,” then click on “Agility.” or just click on this link.

Calcasieu Kennel Club Agility Trials

When and Where: The Calcasieu Kennel Club holds three trials in the spring and three in the fall. The dates for the fall 2016 are November 25-27 and the dates for the spring 2017 are April 14-16. The trials are held at the Burton Outdoor Arena on Gulf Hwy in Lake Charles, LA. There is no fee to just come and watch. Once the entries close about three weeks before the trials, a judging program will be posted on this site.

Show & Go: For the form for participating in the April 14 and/or 15 Show and Go, click here Show & Go April 2017. The form is also included in the Premium List. Show & Go will start 30 minutes after the completion of the trials on Friday and Saturday and will be run on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may also enter the day of the trial if the times available have not been filled. The dog does not have to be entered in the trials to participate in the Show & Go. Both the standard ring and the jumpers with weaves ring will be available. The cost is $5.00 for 3 minutes.

RV Hook-Up Form: If you are planning to use the RV hook-ups at Burton, you must complete the Burton RV form (a pdf file) and do one of four things (1) use a credit card (other than American Express) and simply call Burton Complex (337-721-4090) to give them the information on the form, (2) mail the form along with a check for the amount owed to Sallie Shepherd, PO Box 5471, Lake Charles, LA 70606, (3) mail the form to Burton Complex with a money order (not a check), or (4) pay cash as long as you arrive before 4:00 on Thursday, Nov. 24 since the office will not be open on Friday.

How to enter: Click here for the CKC Premium List April 2017. It includes the entry form. Complete the entry form and mail it and your entry fee to Amy Murray, Trial Secretary. You will receive a confirmation when she receives your entry and a Judging Program after entries close so that you will know at what time you compete.

Agility Training

Calcasieu Kennel Club does not offer agility classes, but one of the CKC club members offers agility classes if you are interested in learning how to train your dog. You may contact her through our e-mail at or call Sallie Shepherd at (337) 304-5788. The fee for the classes is $75 for an eight week course meeting once a week on weekends. The dogs should, but are not required, to be familiar with some obedience commands such as stay and come since almost all of the training is done off-leash.

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