Does your club have a training facility?

Not yet, but we hope to some day.  Salty Dogz members can join in on group practice sessions, which are held in Riverton, UT.

Do you hold any fun matches where we can practice agility before entering a trial?

See the Events page for Fun Match and ACT tests.  We hope to hold a couple of these each year going forward.  If none are listed, we are still in the planning process.

Do you only do American Kennel Club agility events?

Yes, for now only AKC trials.

What are member benefits?

Our members help support our club and help to ensure that we can hold 4 trials per year.  Members get access to the Salty Dogz Agility Club Yahoo Forum.  In addition to online discussions, the members section has information posted in the files section (board meeting minutes, etc.).  Members receive notifications on the Yahoo forum.  Members can also join the Facebook group page, which is for members only.  Members are also invited to join in on reduced rate practice sessions where beginners, intermediate and advanced courses are set up and members can help one another learn handling techniques.

My dog isn’t registered with the AKC.  Can my dog compete in your events?

You can register any dog with the AKC.  We allow any dog that is registered with the AKC to compete in our trials. Register mixed breeds with AKC’s Canine Partner program.  Register purebreds with no papers at AKC’s Purebred Alternative Listing program PAL.

Where do I find your agility trial premiums?

We try to post them on this site, but sometimes we forget or we are behind.  Check Desert Mountain Promotions or PawTap Services for our premiums, as well as other club premiums in the area.  You can either fill out the entry form in the premium, or you can find a fillable AKC entry form here. Some people like to use Express Entries.  Or you can use the online entry system with the AKC – it’s fast and easy.

Where do I find the rules and regulations for an AKC agility trial?

AKC Regulations – and this is where you can find information about how to enter a trial.

Can I volunteer to help at one of your trials?

YES!!!  Contact the Chief Ring Steward listed in the trial Premium.

Can I bring my dog/puppy to one of your trials if he is not entered? 

Dogs not entered are not allowed, however, if you need to have your dog measured, you can bring him to a trial.

Where can I get information on what’s going on in the Salt Lake City area re: agility?

Great resources include the Yahoo forums – look for and join utahdogagility and utahdogevents.  You’ll find premiums and event calendars in the files sections. Also keep track of the Salty Dogz Agility Facebook page!  Wasatch Agility lists events, especially for USDAA.  The Wasatch Working ASCA group holds ASCA events.

How do I get my dog’s height measured for the AKC?

Your dog can be measured at his first agility trial, but it must be done before he runs in his first class.  Or, bring your dog to an AKC trial and ask to have a judge or a VMO measure your dog.  Stop at the Trial Secretary’s desk and ask for a measurement form. You will need all the dog’s AKC registration information. Fill it out and hand it to whoever measures your dog.  You may need to wait for a couple of hours to catch the judge or VMO between classes, so be prepared to wait. Your dog will need to be measured twice, by two different people, unless he is over 22″ tall at the shoulder, in which case your dog will run at 24″.

It’s best to train and prepare your dog for the measurement.  Get him used to standing on a table with a bar over his shoulder.  Start with something soft, like a pool noodle, touching his shoulder.  Get him used to strangers handling him.  You will want to get him standing at full height but reaching a bit forward with his head so the bar doesn’t hit him in the neck.

My dog would love this sport! How do I get started in agility?

Yes, your dog will love agility!  It’s best to start with an agility foundation class – a whole lot of basic dog training needs to be solid before starting agility.  Foundation classes can start with very young puppies – just make sure you don’t ask them to actually jump or weave poles or do any of the bit obstacles until they are older.  Young dogs should not be jumping at full capacity until they are 18 months old.  But lots of foundation work can be trained at a very early age (start line stays and recalls, for example)

There are lots of ways to get started. We have GREAT trainers in the Salt Lake City area that offer foundation classes.  You can check out the list of trainers on the Wasatch Agility page. There are other wonderful dog training classes – this is not the only list.  Just google certified dog trainers and Utah, and you will find a number of great resources.

There are some great online courses too!  One Mind Dogs, Susan Garrett Dog Agility, Silvia Trkman (lolabuland.com), Awesome Paws (Linda Mecklenburg), Daisy Peel, and a number of other renowned international agility pros have on line courses that will provide an excellent resource for you and your dog.

Don’t forget to shop at Clean Run and Dogwise for great books and DVD’s on training your dog.

And last, but not least, there are many You Tube videos showing how to train your dog.  It’s tough to decide which ones are good vs. bad methods, but if you search for videos for Susan Garrett, for example, you will find hundreds of videos.