Saturday, December 21, 2013
What kind of events does USDAA have? USDAA and its growing number of licensed groups across North America host agility certification classes to test a competitor's expertise in training and handling such that they fully demonstrate a dog's natural agility pursuant to standards established by USDAA's board of directors. Participants may earn certification titles, such as Agility Dog®, Advanced Agility Dog® and Master Agility Dog® in USDAA's Championship Program, as well as titles offered through the USDAA Junior Handler Program and Performance Program. Certification titles are offered for both standard and nonstandard classes – standard agility, gambler's choice, snooker agility, jumpers and relay – to provide recognition for a wide variety of accomplishments. For those who excel, competitors may earn the coveted Agility Dog Champion® title, and continue to measure their excellence through bronze, silver, gold and platinum level designations in each class. Similar titles are offered in USDAA's Performance Program. USDAA's competitive tournament events include the prestigious Grand Prix of Dog Agility® World Championships, Dog Agility Steeplechase® and Dog Agility Masters® International Three-Dog Team Championship. Since the Grand Prix's inception in 1988, the tournament has grown to include more than 150 qualifying events each year that are held across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and Japan. The local qualifying events lead to regional championships and the World Championships. The Dog Agility Masters® team championships is a pentathlon event, which is promoted internationally, and the Dog Agility Steeplechase® championship features speed in jumping competition and carrying cash prizes up to more than $25,000 each year. Championships for all three tournaments are held as signature events at USDAA's World Cynosport® Games each fall.