The Dog Training Club of Bermuda holds Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC) licensed Agility and Obedience Trials in the spring and fall each year. These trials are judged by overseas American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club judges. The trials are judged under the BKC rules.

In order to participate in our trials dogs must be registered or listed with the BKC. The BKC now has a Mixed Breed Registration so all dogs are welcome to compete! To download BKC Registration forms, please go to bermudakennelclub.com

Dogs with foreign registrations can enter our trials by paying a listing fee. For information on importing a dog into Bermuda go to the Ministry of the Environment & Planning – Department of Environmental Protection website at www.gov.bm.

Dog Training Club: Agility Trials

Agility is a sport that appeals to all dog lovers – from young people to senior citizens. It has great spectator appeal. Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog’s willingness to work with its handler in a variety of situations. It is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. Dog and handler negotiate an obstacle course racing against the clock.

DTC Agility trials offer five types of agility classes.

Standard Class includes contact objects such as the dog walk, the A-frame, and seesaw. Each of the contact obstacles has a “safety zone” painted on the object and the dog must place at least one paw in that area to complete the obstacle.

The second is Jumpers with Weaves. It has only jumps, tunnels and weaves poles with no contact objects to slow the pace.

The third is FAST, which stands for Fifteen and Send Time. This class is designed to test handler and dog teams’ strategy skill, accuracy, speed and distance handling.

All of the above classes offer increasing levels of difficulty to earn Novice, Open, Excellent and Master titles. After completing both an Excellent Standard title and an Excellent Jumpers title, handler and dog teams can compete for the MACH – faster than the speed of sound! (Master Agility Championship title.)

DTC offer Premium Standard and Jumper with Weaves classes as well as Time to beat. For more information click on the   Agility Rules link below.

Dogs at the same difficulty level run the same course with adjustments in the expected time and jump height. The classes are divided by jump heights in order to make the competition equal between the different sizes of dog.

Click on the links below for the BKC Agility Rules. See the DTC Calendar for information on upcoming trials including entry forms and premium lists.        agility-rules-2017