Frequently Asked Questions

Does your club have a training facility?


Not yet, but we hope to some day. Salty Dogz members can join in on group practice sessions, which are held in Riverton, UT.




Do you hold any fun matches where we can practice agility before entering a trial?


See the Events page for Fun Match and ACT tests. We hope to hold one or two each year, but if none are listed, we are still in the planning process.




Do you only host American Kennel Club agility events?


Yes, for now only AKC trials.




What are SDACOU member benefits?


Our members help support our club and help to ensure that we can hold 4 trials per year. Members get access to the Salty Dogz Agility Club Forum. In addition to online discussions, the members section has information posted in the files section (board meeting minutes, etc.). Members receive notifications on the forum. Members are also invited to join in on reduced rate practice sessions where beginners, intermediate and advanced courses are set up and members can help one another learn handling techniques.




My dog isn't registered with the AKC. Can my dog compete in your events?


You can register any dog with the AKC. We allow any dog that is registered with the AKC to compete in our trials. Register mixed breeds with AKC's Canine Partner program. Register purebreds with no papers at AKC's Purebred Alternative Listing program PAL.




Where do I find your agility trial premiums?


We try to post them on this site (the Events page), but sometimes we forget or we are behind. Check Desert Mountain Promotions for our premiums, as well as other club premiums in the area. You can either fill out the entry form in the premium, or you can find a fillable AKC entry form here. Some people like to use Express Entries. Or you can use the online entry system with the AKC - it's fast and easy (but adds another fee to your entry).




Where do I find the rules and regulations for an AKC agility trial?


AKC trial regulations - and this is also where you can find information about how to enter a trial.




Can I volunteer to help at one of your trials?


YES!!!! Contact the Chief Ring Steward (Volunteer coordinator) listed in the trial Premium.




Can I bring my dog/puppy to one of your trials if he is not entered?


Dogs that are not entered are not allowed, however, if you need to have your dog measured, you can bring him to a trial. See the above FAQ for more information on measuring your dog.




Where can I get information on what's going on in the Salt Lake City area re: agility?


Great resources include the groups.io forums - look for and join utahdogagility and utahdogevents forums. You'll find premiums and event calendars in the files sections. Also keep track of the Salty Dogz Agility Facebook page. Wasatch Agility lists events, especially for USDAA. The Wasatch Working ASCA group holds ASCA events. Badass Agility has UKI events.




How do I get my dog's height measured for the AKC?


Your dog can be measured at his first agility trial, but it must be done before he runs in his first class. Or, bring your dog to an AKC trial and ask to have a VMO measure your dog. You might want to contact the Trial Chair or Trial Secretary before the event to make sure a VMO will be available (not all judges can/will do measurements on dogs). When you get to the trial, stop at the Trial Secretary's desk and ask for a measurement form. You will need all the dog's AKC registration information. Fill out the form and hand it to the person who measures your dog. You may need to wait for a couple of hours to catch the judge or VMO between classes, so be prepared to wait. Eventually, your dog will need to be measured twice, by two different people, unless he is over 22" tall at the shoulder, in which case, your dog will run at 24". It's best to train and prepare your dog for the measurement. Get him used to standing on a table with a bar over his shoulder. Start with something soft, like a pool noodle, touching his shoulder. Get him used to strangers handling him. You will want to get him standing at full height while reaching a bit forward with his head so the bar doesn't hit him in the neck.




My dog would love this sport! How do I get started in agility?


Yes, your dog will love agility! It's best to start with an agility foundation class - a whole lot of basic training needs to be solid before starting agility. Foundation classes are great for all dogs, and you can start with very young puppies. Just make sure you don't ask young dogs to jump or weave poles or do any of the big obstacles until they are older. Young dogs should not be jumping at full capacity until they are 18 months old. But a LOT of foundation work can be trained at a very early age (start line stays and recalls, for example). But even if your dog is older, it's not too late to teach him agility! Agility dogs peak at around 7 - 9 years old, and continue to jump until they are 11 or 12 (although they usually lower the jump height by that age). There are lots of ways to get started. We have GREAT trainers in the Salt Lake City area that offer foundation classes. You can check out the list of trainers on the Wasatch Agility instructors page. There are other wonderful dog training classes - this is not the only list. Just google certified dog trainers, agility, and Utah, and you will find a number of great resources. There are great online courses too! One Mind Dogs, Susan Garrett Dog Agility, Awesome Paws, Daisy Peel, and a number of other great online courses can help you get started. Great shopping for videos and books can be found at Clean Run and Dogwise. Last but not least, get on YouTube and start searching for agility training.




How do I become a member of SDACOU?


We welcome new members! Do you know anyone who is a member? If not, come to one of our meetings or events and introduce yourself - we can sign you up. Membership is only $5 for an individual or $10 for a family.





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