Agility Circuit

The Agility is an entertainment sport that facilitate coordination between owner and pet. This is a circuit with a number of obstacles that the dog must overcome in the way indicated, in the end the judges will determine the winning dog according to his skill and the skill he showed during the competition.

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If you’ve decided to start with Agility or are looking for information on this, it’s important that you know the type of circuit you are introducing to familiarize yourself with the various obstacles you will encounter in it.

Then, in YourCatCareguide we will explain everything about the Agility circuit .

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The circuit

The Agility circuit must have a minimum surface area of ​​24 x 40 meters (the inner lane is 20 x 40 meters). On this surface we can find two parallel paths that must be separated by at least a distance of 10 meters.

We speak of circuits with a length of between 100 and 200 meters , depending on the category and in them we find the obstacles, and we can find between 15 and 22 (7 will be fences).

The competition takes place in what is called the TSP or standard time of the course defined by the judges, in addition it is also considered the TMP, that is, the maximum time that the pair has to perform the test, which can adjust.

Next, we’ll explain to you what types of obstacles you can encounter and the faults that decrease the score.

Jumping fences

We find two types of jump fences to practice Agility:

The simple fences that can be made of wooden panels, galvanized iron, grid, with bar and measures depend on the category of the dog.

  • L: 55 cm. a 65 cm
  • M: 35 cm. a 45 cm
  • S: 25 cm. a 35 cm

The width of all is between 1.20 and 1.5 m.

On the other hand, we find the grouped fences that consist of two simple fences located together. They follow a growing order between 15 and 25 cm.

  • L: 55 y 65 cm
  • M: 35 y 45 cm
  • S: 25 y 35 cm

The two types of fences should have the same width.


The Agility wall or viaduct may have one or two tunnel shaped entrances to form an inverted U. The wall tower should be at least 1 meter high, while the height of the wall itself will depend on the category of the dog:

  • L: 55 cm a 65 cm
  • M: 35 cm a 45 cm
  • S: 25 cm a 35 cm.


The table should have a minimum surface of 0.90 x 0.90 meters and a maximum of 1.20 x 1.20 meters. The height for category L will be 60 centimeters and categories M and S will have a height of 35 centimeters.

This is a non-slip obstacle in which the dog should be kept for 5 seconds.


The walkway is a non-slip surface that the dog will have to go through in the Agility competition. Its minimum height is 1.20 m and the maximum of 1.30 m.

The total course will be at least 3.60 meters and a maximum of 3.80 meters.

The ramp or palisade

The ramp or palisade is formed by two plates that form an A. It has a minimum width of 90 centimeters and the highest part is to 1,70 meters of the ground.


The Slalom consists of 12 bars that the dog must overcome during the Agility circuit. These are rigid elements with a diameter of 3 to 5 centimeters and a height of at least 1 meter and separated by 60 centimeters.

Hard tunnel

The rigid tunnel is a somewhat flexible obstacle to allow the formation of one or more curves. Its diameter is 60 centimeters and usually has a length between 3 and 6 meters. The dog should move inside.

In the case of the closed tunnel we speak of an obstacle that must have a rigid entrance and an interior course of canvas that in total is situated 90 centimeters in length.

The entrance of the closed tunnel is fixed and the exit must be fixed with two pins that allow the exit of the dog from the obstacle.


The tire is an obstacle that the dog must cross having a diameter of between 45 and 60 centimeters and a height of 80 centimeters for the category L and 55 centimeters for the S and M.

Long jump

The long jump consists of 2 or 5 elements depending on the category of the dog:

  • L: Between 1.20 m and 1.50 m along with 4 or 5 elements.
  • M: Between 70 and 90 centimeters next to 3 or 4 elements.
  • S: Between 40 and 50 centimeters next to 2 elements.

The width of the obstacle will measure 1.20 meters and it is an element with ascending order being the first of 15 centimeters and the highest of 28.


Next we’ll explain the types of penalties that exist in Agility:

General : The goal of the Agility circuit is the correct passage through the set of obstacles that the dog must complete in a specific order, without faults and within the TSP.

  • Exceeding the TSP will decrease one point (1.00) per second.
  • The guide can not pass between the start and / or finish posts (5,00).
  • You can not touch the dog or the obstacle (5,00).
  • Take down a piece (5,00).
  • Stop the dog before an obstacle or in any obstacle of the course (5,00).
  • Pass an obstacle ahead (5,00).
  • Jump between the frame and the tire (5,00).
  • Walk on the long jump (5,00).
  • Walk backwards if you have already started to enter the tunnel (5,00).
  • Leave table or climb D (allowed A, B and C) before 5 seconds (5.00).
  • Jump from the seesaw to the middle of the course (5,00).

The eliminations are made by the judge with the whistle. If they eliminate us we must leave immediately of the circuit of Agility.

  • Violent behavior of the dog.
  • Fail to respect the judge.
  • Exceed-se not TMP.
  • Do not respect the order of obstacles established.
  • Forget an obstacle.
  • Destroy an obstacle.
  • Bring collar.
  • Set an example for the dog by performing an obstacle.
  • Abandonment of the circuit.
  • Start the circuit ahead of time.
  • The dog that stops being under the control of the guide.
  • The dog bite the guide.

Agility Circuit Score

After completing a course, all dogs and guides will receive a score depending on the number of penalties:

  • From 0 to 5.99: Excellent
  • From 6 to 15,99: Very good
  • 16 to 25,99: Good
  • More than 26,00 points: Not classified

The dog that receives three qualifications of Excellent with at least two different judges will receive the Agility FCI Certificate (whenever participating in an official examination).

How do you rate each dog?

There will be an average that will add the penalties for errors in the course and the time, making an average.

In the case of a tie once the average is reached, the dog will be awarded with a lower number of penalties in the circuit.

If there is still a tie, it will be the winner who has completed the circuit in less time.

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