ASCA Continues to Grow With Dog Agility

Australian Shepherd Club of AmericaThere are many different breed shows that will include dog agility and make it open to all breeds.  But the Australian Shepherd Club of America has it’s own program open to all breeds and like other agility associations like the NADAC, they have their own titling and awards.

This all started way back in 1995 when ASCA incorporated dog agility into its competitive programs.  Open to all breeds the ASCA has three titling classes: Regular, Jumpers, and Gamblers and three competition levels, Novice, Open, and Elite.  And as recently as 2014 the ASCA added a lower jump height program renaming the original program to ‘Championship’ program. The new program offers three divisions; Standard, Veterans and Junior Handler.

The titles ASCA include: Agility Trial Champion (ATCH) which dogs can work toward in all divisions, ACE (Agility Competition Enthusiast) is for dogs who need to jump one jump height lower with additional course time, within the ACE is the Agility Competitor Extraordinaire that has yet to be reached by any dog and in January of 2015 they are adding a Senior Dog Division for dogs 10 years old and older.

The other five main organizations are:  AKC (American Kennel Club), CPE (Canine Performance Events), USDAA (United States Dog Agility Association, Inc.), UKC (United Kennel Club) and NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council).  For more information about each club CLICK HERE.

How to contact them.
When you join the USDAA you will receive a manual of their rules, a training booklet, and a bimonthly publication of upcoming events.

ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) is not just for Australian Shepherds. It welcomes all breeds, including mixed breeds. It’s rules are similar to NADAC.
United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. / Website:
P.O. Box 850955 / Richardson, TX 75085-0955
Email: / Phone: (972)231-9700 / Fax: (214)503-0161

When you register your dog with AKC, request the booklet Regulations for Agility Trials. You can also subscribe to their monthly magazine (the AKC Gazette), which has updated listings of events, or get this information from their website.
The American Kennel Club / Website:
5580 Centerview Dr., Suite 200 / Raleigh, NC 27606-3390
Email: / Phone: (919)233-9767 / Fax: (919)233-3627

You can register for CPE membership (to start trials with them) online. Click on “Forms”.

Canine Performance Events / Website:
P.O. Box 805 / South Lyon, MI 48178

The UKC offers a bimonthly magazine called “Bloodlines” that has agility articles and events listings. Send $4.50 for a sample copy, as well as another $4.50 for the rule book. You can also get information from their website.
United Kennel Club / Website:
100 East Kilgore Rd. / Kalamazoo, MI 49001-5598
Phone: (616)343-9020 / Fax: (616)343-7037

You can register your dog with NADAC online.
North American Dog Agility Council / Website:
HCR 2, Box 277 / St. Maries, Idaho 83861
Phone: (208)689-3803

You can register your dog with ASCA online.
Australian Shepherd Club of America /
6091 E. State Hwhy 21, Bryan TX 77808
Phone: (979) 778-1082