Goin’ to an AKC agility match (at Argus Ranch in particular)


** Please note this has been updated for 2018.

There are so many things you need to know and some of these things I am going to tell you are my opinion (indicated with a IMO) but since the club is responsible for everyone’s safety I am going to be a bit dictatorial so that both you and your dog have a great time and enjoy future success. A young man once said “You don’t know what you don’t know ‘til you don’t know it” and this is very true in dog sports. There are organizational rules found in rulebooks on websites and preferred methods learned as you trial in an area and customs and courtesies that folks need to tell you about. Hopefully I am giving you some of each of these.

First, let me make it clear the match I am describing is an AKC (www.akc.org) event which means dogs must be under control at all times and on leash everywhere except in the ring and at the warm up jump. If you do not have off leash control you are not ready for a match yet. Dogs may not be on a prong or corrective collar on the show grounds—martingales are okay but dog is expected to run in flat or rolled buckle collar for safety. While flexi/retractable leashes are permitted on the grounds they are not a good idea at trials because you should come to the line on a proper leash and (IMO) when walking your dog they can cause all sorts of injury to themselves and others if the flexi-cord gets wrapped around things like humans or dogs or trees or…you get the picture. If there is a serious problem or mishap the club must report it to AKC and punishments can be assigned for serious offenses even for a match.

There are matches for new judges/clubs and matches for training both allow toy rewards but NO FOOD on the course. Dogs must meet the same criteria for the match as for a trial—they must be over 15 months in good health and have an AKC number (http://www.akc.org/register/?pre=breeder&activity=puppy MIXED BREEDS are welcomed in agility). Also you need to be careful with your verbal corrections—nothing so harsh or loud as to upset bystanders. A match for a judge/club is run exactly like a trial with all the paper work and you are expected to run the course as designed.

winstonKCCSA match for training purposes is for dogs and handlers that know how to safely engage the equipment on a course but you don’t have to do all the course as designed. It is NOT for LEARNING the EQUIPMENT but for experienced teams to practice skills (start line stays, wraps, contacts, serpentines, weave poles, shorter sequences) and for new teams to see where they are on the agility journey. You don’t want to put a dog in this type of match if they have never done the equipment or never been in such a stimulating environment. Why?? Because you don’t want your dog hurt by doing the equipment incorrectly nor do you want your dog to become afraid of the equipment or the environment and, since you are limited in your use of rewards and corrections, you don’t want them to become ring-wise (that is where they know you can’t get after them or bribe them like you do at home when they are being naughty or crazy)

We are offering a match for training purposes this weekend at Argus Ranch and if you have never been to the site or to a trial in general here are some pointers (IMO). We expect to START the match around 3pm. Arrive early and leave your dog in the car. Get the lay of the land and come into the building to get a feel for the energy and sound level. Dogs not entered in the trial itself should not be crated in the building until we get ready for the match—the energy level should have come down a bit by then. Watch yourself and your dog in the door way as folks are running back and forth.

We typically have you (or someone you have do it for you) sign up $5/3 min (cash check or worker voucher) during the day of the match (in this case Saturday March 24th). You may do each ring TWICE with a dog for a total fo FOUR runs. Each run is $5 for 90 seconds but be aware that a long time when you are working on your plan…or trying to get a dog to come to you. You will sign up by jump height and you may jump whatever height you wish. (IMO) jump lower for working on your handling or problem solving or a new place and regular height for conditioning.

At Argus, you may have to park in the back of the property until it clears out a bit. When you come in the door you have a ring to the left, a ring to the right, and a corridor up the center at the end of which is the Trial Secretary Table (I wear a red ball cap at trials I am working because I just can’t get the dirt out of my tiara). Only dogs ready to run are to be in the corridor up the center so please don’t drag your dog up to the secretary table to ask questions. You usually sign up for matches by the Secretary Table as well as find out when the measuring official is available.

To be officially measured you need an AKC number (http://www.akc.org/register/?pre=breeder&activity=puppy ) to be sound and over 15 months old. If you would like an unofficial measurement or to get your dog use to the measuring process please ask for assistance as the wicket is expensive and we don’t want it knocked about.

Potty areas are marked and most are on-leash. DO NOT use the field next to the arena for play, training or bathroom—it is being prepped for summer events and needs to be well kept (even if the gophers are not respectful we should be). Areas where dogs are allowed to be off-leash are marked but you may want to keep your dog on leash anyway to prevent injury—fields are not level and human and dog legs can get hurt. Also, other folks may not have the recall they THINK they have when their dog sees your dog or your dog sees their tennis ball/Frisbee/stick. Don’t assume anyone wants their dog to interact with yours.

You might not know about ring prep at this stage in your agility education so I am going to explain it from the perspective of those of us who are running dogs (IMO). Please let us focus on the course and our dog before and after our run. Don’t come into that corridor and start chatting about our breed or want to tell us how the run looked or ask questions about strategies. We are trying to focus on the job at hand and build the bond with our dog—who is getting amped about running before we go in and demanding praise and cookies when we get out. We may be running to get our next dog so timing is precious. Ask questions or share observations once everything is settled back down for that handler. This is especially important to those who are agility instructors—students might want to film their runs for discussion later but please let them enjoy the time with their dog.

Hope I haven’t overwhelmed you but, with more than a decade in the sport as a handler and trial secretary, I can promise you the more you know and plan and train, then the better and more successful your agility career will be.

See--red hat means I am working the trial
See–red hat means I am working the trial

Safe travels, Theresa and the Cardis


AKC-Agility-Boston Terrier Club of W Wa

See you in August in Lakebay
See you in August in Lakebay


BTCWW LAKEBAY 2016 Run Order

BTCWW Lakebay 2016 Statistics


$5 for each 90 second run on STD or JWW as many runs as you wish. Start 30 min after last run (around 3pm we think) 

Sign up at the trial.

Dog must be eligible to run in AKC-

On course toys  okay but NO FOOD

Join us for the Judges BBQ held in conjunction with match. Bring a side if you can manage it.     

BTCWW august 2016 premium CORRECTION

One judge/alternating rings

Friday Excellent Only (STD JWW PREMIER)

Saturday All Levels (FAST STD JWW)

Sunday All Levels (T2B STD JWW)

AKC AGILITY MATCH Saturday March 26th at Argus Ranch

th0WWPHBBYWith such a small all breed AKC agility trial for the Boston Terrier Club of Western Wa March 25 to 27 at Argus Ranch in Auburn WA we have added a Match for Saturday Match 26th. We will have a Measuring Judge available too. Come by and help set a few bars-watch a few runs -then work your dog in the Match. See you there!


March 26TH   

$5 for 3 minutes   STD and JWW as many runs as you wish. 

Start 30 min after last run (around 3pm we think) 

Sign up at the trial

Dog must be eligible to run in AKC all breed agility trials

On course toys  okay but no food     

 Want the run order for this trial? Visit the events page.

AKC- Agility – March at Argus Ranch in Auburn.

See you in March at Argus Ranch
See you in March at Argus Ranch

The BTCWW all breed AKC agility trial that will be held March 26, 27 & 28 2016 at Argus Ranch for Dogs in Auburn WA CLOSES this FRIDAY MARCH 11th @ 6pm.

The Premium and location information is located on my event page

Friday is Excellent/Masters STD, JWW, Premier STD and Premier JWW. Franna Pitt is the judge.

Saturday & Sunday are all levels of FAST, Time 2 Beat, JWW and STD. Judge is Art Brest and we will do the games then Excellent/Master STD then JWW, Open STD then JWW, Novice STD then JWW.

Lori Sage is our overflow judge(and equipment provider) for the weekend. The trial is Unlimited which means it is a one judge trial but if we go over the one judge limit of 330 runs per day, we have an overflow judge who steps in and judges those few runs that are over the limit (usually works out to be one of the games or Novice). We are inside on dirt using both rings but only one at a time.

  • You may sign-up online using your MY AKC account at AKC.org.
  • You may hand deliver your entry to 4705 SW Hinds St Seattle WA 98116 (my house in West Seattle and there is a bin under the mail box where you can leave envelops.)
  • You may hand deliver your entry to 1515 Central Ave S Kent WA 98032 (I work at Family Dog Training Center M-F and there is a slot in the front door where you can leave envelops DO NOT interrupt classes)

I am swamped with the Seattle Kennel Club show this week but feel free to send me an email to confirm I have gotten your entry. I will reply as soon as I can.

I had a big issue with Office 365 and my web server earlier so I am very gun shy. In a great example of God’s sense of humor– my non-tech equipment is missing too. My cat, Ninja Phil, has hidden my trusty plastic AKC letter opener that I use to open every paper entry. Eventually, whatever he steals shows back up but SERIOUSLY!!

Don't be slow or you'll miss the Boston's All Breed Agility trial at Argus this EASTER Weekend
Don’t be slow or you’ll miss the Boston’s All Breed Agility trial at Argus this EASTER Weekend


getting caught up today on the Elma trial

By the time this message posts I hope to be caught up with all the entries for the Boston Terrier of W WA  Trial that is closing FRIDAY December 18th.

There is still room and still time to get into this all breed AKC agility trial held in Elma WA Jan 1, 2, &3 . We start both rings at 10:30 am on Friday with Premier STD (then Excellent/Open/Novice) and Novice JWW (Open/Excellent/Premier). Saturday and Sunday we start at 8:30 am with Time2Beat (E/O/N STD) and FAST (N/O/E JWW)

Here is a link to the premium You can always use the your MY AKC account at www.AKC.org to sign up on line.

If you will be in Seattle this week and want to drop off an entry here are directions (close the gate behind you!)

 Feel free to email me to confirm that I have gotten your entry because this a tough time of year for the internet and the mail services.

In the meantime enjoy this cute picture of my new puppy

Dobby at 10 weeks taken by Jerry &Lois photography Holiday Photos | Family Dog Training Center | 2015 © Jerry and Lois Photography All rights reserved http://www.jerryandlois.com
Dobby at 10 weeks taken by Jerry &Lois photography
Holiday Photos | Family Dog Training Center | 2015
© Jerry and Lois Photography
All rights reserved

Elma New Year’s agility trial is now open!!

it is that time again--Boston @ Elma hosting the all breed AKC agility trial
it is that time again–Boston @ Elma hosting the all breed AKC agility trial

Trial-Agility-AKC BTCWW all breed agility trial opened 10/9 and closes 12/18. Two Rings indoors on dirt Two Judges Three Days.

You may enter online at www.akc.org using your “My AKC” account or download the premium from site under the Upcoming Events page

I am your trial secretary so email me at Theresa@K9EventsNW.com with BTCWW NEW YEARS in the subject line as I will have multiple trials open.

We are offering all levels all three days but remember for this trial the club likes Saturday and Sunday to have FAST and T2B run first so we have a little time in case the roads are less than perfect (they say a mild wet winter but who knows three months down the road).

Please note!! For this event we have first dog on the line Friday at 10am. That is  AFTER we build the rings and set up the trial so plan on arriving a little early to help get set up. It is just too expensive for the club to pay for Thursday set up—it is not just the facility it is also the extra lodging and such.