Plano, Texas—December 27, 2019—Thousands of dogs and dog lovers across North America are competing towards one goal: the world championship of dog agility. The United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. (USDAA) kicks off its 2020 regional championship qualifying calendar in Elkton, Fla., January 9-12, followed by qualifiers in 11 other U.S. locations and Mexico. It all concludes in Paso Robles, Calif., on November 11-15 at the World Championships of the sport of dog agility, the Cynosport® World Games, where athletes from 10 countries are expected to compete.
While the USDAA boasts more than 10,000 active competitors worldwide, regional competitions vary in size, typically involving about 300-400 canines and 200-250 human handlers vying to elevate their position for the year-end Cynosport World Games.
Typically, canine competitors start in local USDAA club and group events, and those interested in learning more about the sport of dog agility are invited to attend local and regional championships in their area. The USDAA regional championship events are strategically located around the country with new events being added each year. This year The Sunshine Regional, hosted by Pals & Paws Club in Elkton, Florida, will kick off the USDAA competition calendar. This is the first time a regional championship is being held in Florida.
The full USDAA regional calendar includes:
- January 9-12, Sunshine – Elkton, FL, hosted by Pals & Paws
- February 28 – March 1, South Central – Tyler, TX, hosted by DAWG
- March 6-8, The Wild West – Queen Creek, AZ, hosted by Top Notch Canines
- (COVID-19 Postponement, was April 17-19) Mid Atlantic – Palmyra, PA, hosted by Mid-Atlantic Agility Showcase
- (COVID-19 Postponement, was May 1-3) Rocky Mountain – Denver, CO, hosted by FRAC / FRAT
- (COVID-19 Postponement, was May 8-10), North Central – Canton, MI, hosted by Canine Combustion
- May 9-10, Kansai, Japan
- June 4-7, Southeast – Perry, GA, hosted by Canine Capers
- June 12-14, Southwest – Moorpark, CA, hosted by DART / RACE / Santa Barbara Flyers
- June 19-21, New England – Waterbury, VT, hosted by PAWS
- July 17-19, Pacific Northwest – Auburn, WA, hosted by Redhot Rovers
- August 27-30, Central – St. Louis, MO, hosted by Greater St. Louis Agility Club
- August 29 -30, Mexico – Queretaro, hosted by Club Agility Chiluca
- September 5-7, Western – Prunedale, CA, hosted by The Bay Team
Dog agility requires dynamic physical and mental engagement for dogs and humans alike. Guided only by voice and movement cues from their human partners, the canine athletes compete against the clock, flying over hurdles, weaving between poles, racing through tunnels and bounding onto the see-saw. Obstacles are set according to the dogs’ height and experience level, allowing dogs of all breeds and sizes to compete.
Dog agility as a sport traces its roots to Great Britain in the 1970s. It found its way to the United States a decade later with the creation of the United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. in 1986. In 2019 USDAA launched the first Intercollegiate Dog Agility Association league for college-level competition.
USDAA is the world’s largest, independent canine sports authority, dedicated to promoting the sport of dog agility as a recreational, family sport that fosters responsible pet ownership.
For more information visit USDAA.com.