Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
ADC is located in the dog rings at Castle Hill Showgrounds.
When do you train?
ADC trains on Thursday nights from the 1st Thursday of February until early December.
How do I join ADC?
ADC takes new members on the 1st Thursday of the month, most months. SEE OUR JOIN US PAGE
* PLEASE NOTE*
Due to high demand we have a joining wait list that we open the month prior to intake. We advertise on our Facebook Page when it opens and when it closes.
Our members are our top priority and we want to be able to give them the best start possible at agility. Therefore we cap class sizes and hold back intake until there is enough space in the class to cater for new members.
Are there other agility clubs?
While ADC is the biggest agility club in NSW, it is by no means the ONLY agility club! In actual fact we are only 1 of 43 clubs!
Local clubs located in Sydney are:
Deer Bush Dog Training Club located at Fairfield Showgrounds.
Hawkesbury Agility Club Located at Hawkesbury Showgrounds
Manly & District Kennel & Dog Training Club located Deep Creek Reserve, Narrabeen
Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club located at St Ives Showgrounds
Parramatta International Canine Sports Inc located at Dan Mahoney Reserve, Gladstone St, North Parramatta (Please note this is an ADAA club NOT ANKC)
Paws 4 Fun located at Castle Hill Showgrounds
Sutherland Shire Dog Training Club located at Sutherland Shire Sports Field Complex
If you are not in the Greater Sydney Region, do worry there are still plenty of other agility clubs around. Visit the Dogs NSW Agility Committee website to find your local club!
What is agility?
Agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles.
Currently there are TWO types of agility competitions in Australia, ANKC and ADAA.
ADC trains and runs ANKC (affiliated with Dogs NSW) trials.
Please visit the ANKC website for the current agility rules.
The other competition is known as ADAA - visit their website for more information.
What breeds can do agility?
Agility is an inclusive sport and ADC does not have breed restrictions for joining our club. Some breeds find it easier then other but that does not mean you and your dog wont love the sport.
Also, before starting agility, you must consider your dog’s structure and suitability for this sport. For example, brachycephalic dog breeds, overweight dogs or dogs with back/hip issues should consult a professional vet for their expert opinion before starting any intensive dog sport like agility.
Age range for starting agility?
At ADC we do not accept new dogs that are younger than 9 months of age. This is due to their growth plates not being fully closed. Starting agility too early can cause lasting damage for your new puppy. We strongly recommend doing obedience with your puppy and build great foundations in the meantime.
Also its never too late for an older dog to learn new tricks! Again you must consider your dogs health and structure before starting any dog sport.