SADAA in a nutshell
The South African Dog Agility Association or SADAA, is a non-profit organization which was established in 2001 to promote the sport of Dog Agility for all purebred and mixed-breed dogs in South Africa.
SADAA is affiliated to the South African Working Dogs Association (SAWDA), which is the umbrella body for several Working Dog disciplines in South Africa.
Internationally, SADAA is a member of the International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS). The IFCS was founded in 2000 as a union of national sports cynological (dog) organizations. One of the main goals of the IFCS is to develop dog sports at international level and to integrate them into the international sports system and the Olympic movement.
SADAA divides dogs into the following height categories:
SADAA offers four disciplines: Agility, Jumping, Gamblers and Snooker. In each discipline there are three levels - Grade 1(Beginner), Grade 2 (Intermediate), and Grade 3 (Advanced).
Handlers and dogs must compete in trials to earn qualifications to progress up from Grade 1 to Grade 3. Once in Grade 3, handlers compete to earn points towards Champion and Performance titles.
The sport of dog agility
Dog Agility is one of the fastest growing canine sports globally and was originally created as a demonstration for spectators at the Crufts Dog Show in England in the late 1970's.
The concept and fun nature of the sport of "agility" became immediately popular and spread across the globe, especially in the USA. Agility is a fantastic spectator sport and competitions attract crowds of people at local, national and international events.
SADAA defines dog agility as " a fast sport for handlers and dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes".
Agility tests both the handler and dog's fitness, trainability and speed around a numbered course with obstacles such as hurdles, tunnels, tire jumps, A-Frame, Dogwalk, See-saw and weave poles.
SADAA holds regular trials across South Africa where handlers compete to earn qualifications towards titles.
There are three types of trials:
SADAA offers four disciplines:
1. Agility - this class includes the following obstacles: