a guide to dog agility competition in Florida
These statistics are a byproduct of a spreadsheet that I use to keep track of trials. I cannot report on numbers of runs, etc. Except for AKC, the figures are just not there. Even then it takes weeks to get the numbers from the AKC.
CPE is the second most popular venue in the terms of trial weekends and trial days. The bulk of the trials are currently held in the main part of Florida north of Tampa. All of these sites are outdoors on grass. Recently, Calusa has been offering CPE trials at Bratty Paws (indoors on synthetic turf). Also, the introduction of CPE Speedway events that consist of hoops, barrels and tunnels and the smaller space requirements have prompted IPOC to hold some Summer Speedway events on their indoor mats.
Some useful CPE links
The most popular of the venues. Nearly half of the trial sets and over half of the trial days. Most AKC events are held indoors on artificial turf or in outdoor covered areas on dirt. A few are held outdoors on grass. Most of the AKC sites have RV facilities or will allow dry camping. The major exception is the indoor site at St Petersburg which does not have room. AKC trials are held in all parts of the state from Pensacola to Miami. Most weekends will have at least one set of trials and I have seen as many as four AKC trial sets spread across the state.
Some useful AKC links:
DACOF is a state wide agility team competition that is usually held at the end of June at a large indoor facility. It is not sanctioned by any organization but generally follows AKC rules. Teams are sponsored by clubs or can just be a group of individuals that train together.
DACOF also has a Facebook group
If you would like to organize a team, you need to start planning by January. Check the “Send a Team” title on the DACOF web site for what you need to do to send a team. Also check the “Important Deadlines” page on the site for the various deadlines. These deadlines will also be in the Floridaagility Calendar.
NADAC is in the bottom tier (under 20 trial days per year) of trials in Florida. All of the trials are in the Tampa area and do not have RV facilities. They are mostly outdoors on grass and a summer trial indoors at DTCT.
Some NADAC links.
TDAA is in the bottom tier (under 20 trial days per year) of trials in Florida. Most trials are in the middle of the peninsula. They are mostly in indoor training buildings on mats. One trial set is held outdoors on grass.
UKC is in the bottom tier (under 20 trial days per year) of trials in Florida. The trials are basically offered by two clubs. MADTA in Ocala and IPOC in Lakeland. IPOC trials are indoors on mats and MADTA is usually outdoors with Obedience, etc in their building.
Links for UKC
The Australian Shepherd Club of America ranks in the bottom tier of agility trials in Florida. A single club offers four sets of three day trials a year. The trials are held under a covered arena (Baker, FL) in the panhandle..
Some useful ASCA links:
The purpose of this list of training organizations is to make it easier for people in search of agility training to find an appropriate trainer near the potential customer. The description of your training style, facilities, etc. may make the difference on whether thy contact you.
The original list of trainers was created by searching the web for agility trainers. If you are listed and would like additional text or photos on your page, you can email me at link in the footer.
If you would like to be added, start a dialog using the email address above or the email link in the footer. Please include the following basic information. If you do not have a web site I can include as much static information that you would like.
I have grouped the trainers into some general geographical areas based upon how they cluster on the map. If you are in a fringe area between clusters, let me know which cluster(s) you would like to be associated with.
UKI lies in the middle tier of organizations in Florida. Not as many trials as AKC or CPE but significantly more than the organizations in the bottom tier. The UKI US-OPEN will reside in Jacksonville for the next few years. Anyone can attend the US OPEN but you can earn byes into the later rounds at UKI trials. The trial sites are either on grass or on synthetic turf at Bratty Paws.
USDAA lies in the middle tier of organizations in Florida. Not as many trials as AKC or CPE but significantly more than the organizations in the bottom tier. Most USDAA trials are held in the north half of Florida. Most of the trials are on grass but Pals & Paws does them on dirt indoors at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center or outdoors on dirt under cover at the St. Johns county fairgrounds.
There is a market for agility camps and seminars but there is a disconnect between the providers and consumers. Many consumers don’t know when, where or who is offering the training and the providers don’t necessarily advertise outside of their own area. With trials, it is pretty easy since the same clubs offer the trials on corresponding weekends every year and they appear in the organization’s event calendars. For the training events they are pretty irregular.
I would like to help by listing Camps & Seminars in along with the Premiums and put the event on the Calendar (in the camps calendar). They would get distributed along with the premium notifications.
In order to do this, I need the event organizer to send me any or all of the following:
I will also require a headline that you want to go on the listing where I normally put the club name in the title. Where I normally put the organization (i.e., AKC, CPE, etc.) in the title I will put “Camp” or “Seminar”. I consider up to one day a Seminar and a two or more day event a “Camp”. The title of the event would be YYYY-MM-DD-SEMINAR/CAMP-Headline in the listings.
For ACT Events (I do monitor the ACT Calendar)
Flier and or entry form
Contact information if not on the printed documentation
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The following are the notification options. In general they are the easiest (and most invasive) to the most difficult (and least invasive) order:
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This area has no real clusters. The facilities are more like a string of pearls dangling from the Space Coast through the keys. The organizations are listed North to South. The list is scrollable.
This section consists of a number of training organizations acquired by either a web search or request from the training organization. The organizations are grouped in a few geographic clusters. From Northwest to Southeast, the locations are:
With the exception of the Southeast, the organizations are listed alphabetically by city and name. The Southeast is organized in order from north to south. Click on the buttons above to go to the area you want to explore.
There is a wide variety of agility training available. The classes range from just for fun equipment orientation along with doggie daycare to competition training with instructors that have competed internationally. It is up to you to decide what is appropriate for you. You may start with a "just for fun" and then decide you want to compete. Agility with your dog can be addicting.