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ACT I and II – AKC Agility: New Agility Opportunity for Beginners

By Carolyn Fuhrer | Jul 01, 2018

Training Your Performance Dog

Agility, Obedience, Tracking

By Carolyn Fuhrer


ACT I and II – AKC Agility: New Agility Opportunity for Beginners

The Agility Course Test (ACT) is an entry level agility event to introduce beginning dogs and handlers to the sport of agility and the AKC agility program.

There are two levels of ACT events: ACT 1 and ACT 2. ACT 1 is designed for the beginning level dog to show beginning sequencing and performance skills. ACT 2 requires an increased skill level by the addition of weaves and seesaw.

Who can enter?

Any dog 15 months or older that is in sound physical condition.

The dog cannot have earned an AKC agility title.

Non-registered and AKC registered dogs may enter.

Dogs without an AKC registration number will be issued a temporary one after the event by the AKC office.

If an unregistered dog earns a title, it will not receive a certificate until he is registered.

In order to earn an ACT 1 title, the team must run a course at any height it chooses from 4-24 inches. The course will consist of 10-12 obstacles, including a 5 foot A frame, table, jumps (no spreads), and open tunnels. The course must be completed in 60 seconds (max time) with a score of 85 out of 100.

There can be no dropped bars, no missed contacts, no more than 3 attempts to complete any obstacle, and no more than 3 wrong courses.

A team must earn 2 qualifying legs to earn a title.

To earn an ACT 2 title, the team must run a course, at any height, which will include 11-13 obstacles. Obstacles will include A frame (5’), teeter, table, jumps (1 spread jump), open tunnels, and 6 weave poles. The dog walk is allowed in course design but is not required to be used in an ACT 2 test.

For an ACT 2 title, the team is allowed 70 seconds maximum time to complete the course with the same performance requirement for the ACT 1 test. A team needs to qualify in two ACT 2 courses to earn a ACT 2 title.

An ACT 1 title is not necessary to enter an ACT 2 test.

These ACT events are to encourage the sport of agility and help the dog and handler team prepare for regular agility events. ACT competitors can learn how to time, score, ring crew, course build, and learn how to help a trial run smoothly. ACT competitors will also learn about ring procedures and protocols, helping them to enjoy their first agility trial experiences.

The exciting news for all of us here in Maine is that Mid Coast Kennel Club will be hosting an ACT 1 and 2 test at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24,2018 at North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. Mid Coast Kennel Club will also host two ACT practices on Friday, July 13 and Friday, August 17 from 9:00 until 10:30 at the same location to help teams prepare for these events.

For more information on how you can register, contact Kathy Duhnoski of the Mid Coast Kennel Club at or call Kathy at 207-691-2332.

Don’t miss out. Put this on your schedule!


Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 100 AKC titles with her Golden Retrievers, including 2 Champion Tracker titles. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 25 years. You can contact her with questions, suggestions and ideas for her column by e-mailing