Dog Agility

Competition Agility

by Lori Duncan
SCoot Dog Agility

MatildaThe sport of dog agility was first introduced in the US in 1986 and continues to be one of the fastest growing dog sports in the country. 

There are several national organizations that hold agility competitions.  The two main organizations are: the U.S. Dog Agility Association and the American Kennel Club.

Competitions in all organizations are open to all dogs, purebred or all-American.  There are several types of courses (Standard, Jumpers, Pairs, Snooker, and Gamblers) in a competition to test different skills and versatility for the dog/handler team.

"Dogs can begin training for agility at any age...."

Come out and observe the sport of dog agility to see what it’s all about.  It truly is a great way to have fun with your dog and who knows – you just might “Catch the Agility Bug”!

Lori Duncan is an avid agility competitor and trainer. She is currently owned by four dogs: Cutter, 14 year old Boykin Spaniel; Matilda, 11 year old Australian Shepherd; Opal, 6 year old Aussie, and Duster, 6 month old Aussie.

She has trained four dogs to the highest level of agility competition and has earned an Agility Dog Championship on Matilda. Lori and Matilda have qualified to attend the USDAA National competition for eight years and competed at Nationals twice. Cutter was the very first Boykin Spaniel to earn an agility title in the U.S.

Lori also competes with her dogs in obedience, rally obedience, and flyball. She teaches at SCoot Dog Agility on John's Island. For more information email her at or visit the website.