Philosophy, Mission, Rules & FAQ

The North American Dog Agility Council (NADAC) was formed in 1993 to provide North American dogs and their handlers with a fast, safe and enjoyable form of the sport of dog agility. NADAC sanctions agility trials sponsored by affiliated clubs.

The purpose of a NADAC agility trial is to demonstrate the ability of a dog and its handler to work as a smoothly functioning team. With separate class divisions for Veterans and Junior Handlers and a variety of games, NADAC dog agility offers something for everyone! NADAC courses are traditionally fun and fast due to the flow and distance between obstacles. The goal is to maintain an environment that tests dog and handler teams with appropriate challenges while combining speed, accuracy, distance, and teamwork.

NADAC supports dog agility as a competitive sport while striving to protect and advance the interests of dog agility by encouraging sportsmanlike competition and responsible dog ownership.

Exhibitors are encouraged to join the NADAC Forum by clicking here and submitting your request to join. The forum is used for updates and discussions within the NADAC community.

Three documents on this page will help you learn more about NADAC Agility.  The Exhibitor’s Handbook gets in to all the details about the rules of participation, what is included in each class, how titles and awards are earned and much more.  In particular, new pariticpants find Appendix A to be a very helpful primer.  The Awards List is a quick reference to all the titles and awards that can be earned, their requirements, and the abbreviations that can be used to signify your dog’s progress through the ranks. 

We hope you find these documents useful in getting to know our sport and how to prepare for your first NADAC event!

Ready to get started?

Playing NADAC Agility is great fun for you and your dog. Don’t wait – take a few minutes to register and you’ll be “Ready to Run”!