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Committees Seeking AAC Members

A common question is, How was a decision made without me knowing about it, or having a chance to have a say?

The Committees provide an opportunity for each AAC Member to influence decisions that the AAC makes and often it only requires as little as one hour a month.

To give you an idea of decisions that Committees have made that may have affected you, here are some examples:

  • Approved Regional Championships applications and locations;
  • Removal of the chute from use in competition;
  • Created a discount for AAC members at Regional and National events;
  • Ensure that Rulebooks are available for your reference;
  • Assisting the AAC to move to online forms for competitor use;
  • Inclusion of the Junior Handlers in the aggregate awards at AAC National Championships;
  • Provide assistance through an investigation and address charges if a dog is attacked, or if cruelty to a dog is occurring.

A few items that Committees will be working in the near future should you like to have a say include: 

  • A revision to the Judges Handbook;
  • Creation of a new series of competition classes
  • Considering if Title Certificates need updating;
  • Finding new benefits for Members;
  • Updating the Discipline Committee Policy and Procedure,
  • Creation and installation of processes to review complaints that courses don’t meet AAC rules;
  • Should there be changes to Regional and National Championships.

The following Committees have openings:

  • Safety Committee – 4 Representatives from across Canada
  • Discipline Committee – NS/NL, ON-W Representatives
  • Junior Handler Committee – BC VI, SK/MB, ON-E, NS/NL, NB/PEI Representatives
  • Standing Rules Committee – NB/PEI and BC-VI Representatives
  • Judges Standing Committee - Atlantic Canada Representative
  • Membership Committee – Atlantic Canada or NS/NL Representative
  • Appeals Committee – QC and ON-E Representative
  • Development Committee Think Tank


If you are interested please contact Blanche at admin@aac.ca

Committee responsibilities are available in two locations:

  1. www.aac.ca/en/contact/main/ under committees tab
  2. www.aac.ca/en/forms/_pdf/AAC_DC-AC_PnP-072914.pdf

Final Piece of the Puzzle for 2018

Deciding on a Jump Height


Dog’s Measured Height Regular Special Veteran/ JH Double Dropped
≤ 12" 8" (or 12") > 4" > 4" N/A
> 12" and ≤ 15" 12" (or 16") > 8" > 8" > 4"
> 15" and ≤ 18" 16" (or 20") > 12" > 12" > 8"
> 18" and ≤ 22" 20" (or 24") > 16" > 16" > 12"
> 22" 24" > 20" > 20" > 16"


To compete with your dog(s) starting January 1, 2018 there are a few steps you will need to take prior to January 1, 2018:

  1. Your dog requires either a replacement dog ID card (if your dog has a completed or partially completed card from pre-2018) or a new dog ID (dog is new to agility).
  2. Your dog requires a minimum of one new measurement for new height divisions before they can run in competition starting January 1, 2018.

Once you have completed those two steps you will need to decide what jump height you are going to compete your dog in for their first competition in 2018.

  1. Effective January 1, 2018, your dog is able to compete in their first competition in ANY Category (Regular, Special, Veteran, Double Drop Veteran) they are eligible for with their new height measurement. This offer expires August 31, 2018.

Detailed information to assist you in deciding on a Jump height for your dog(s) is provided below:

  • Deciding on a Jump Height: pdf Link
  • 2018 Jump Height, Divisions, & SCT Calculations pdf Link

Replacement dog IDs are available by completing the form located here:

  • Dog ID application form Form

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Directors for assistance.  Their contact information is located at:  CONTACTS Under the Directors Tab

AAC President

March 2017 Information Release

2018 Implementation Plan – Equipment

The March Information Release is to provide Clubs with the detailed 2018 Equipment Specifications document and to notify Clubs that 2018 Equipment Inspections can now be setup through your Regional Directors.

Links will be provided below for accessing the following documentation and forms:

  • 2018 Equipment Specification List: pdf Link
  • Checklist to Prepare for Inspection of Equipment Required for 2018: pdf Link
  • 2018 Equipment Inspection Checklist (Request from Regional Directors)
  • 2018 Jump Height, Divisions & SCT Calculations: pdf Link

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Directors for assistance.
Their contact information is located at:  Contact / RD


AAC Board

The Development Committee Needs YOU!

In 2016, the Board of Directors of the Agility Association of Canada approved the creation of the Development Committee. This committee, composed of AAC members from across the country, has the following mandate:

  • To track and monitor changes, trends, and developments in the sport of Agility in Canada;
  • To investigate ways for the AAC to adapt appropriately in response to evolution within the sport;
  • To ensure that the organization continues to provide opportunities for growth, accomplishment, and enjoyment for those with differing aspirations within the AAC community.

In order to fulfill this mandate, the Development Committee will, from time to time, require input from the agility community at large to inform their recommendations to the Board of Directors. One way for the committee to get useful input is to simply ask for it!

If you are

  • An AAC member in good standing.
  • Active in agility in any capacity.
  • Keen to see the Agility Association of Canada continue to provide excellent agility for everyone nationwide… and
  • Willing to be part of the process.

Please consider applying for a place on the Development Committee “Think Tank”. The Development Committee Think Tank will be a private e-mail list through yahoo that will allow the Development Committee access to the collective wisdom and brain power of the Canadian agility community. The official language of the list will be English, but a French language list may also be created if interest is strong.

From time to time, the Development Committee will pose questions or propose topics for discussion. The Think Tank list will be moderated, but disagreements will be tolerated as long as they are constructive and polite. Once a discussion is closed, the Development Committee will share their recommendations and conclusions with the group.

If you have any questions about the Think Tank, or about the Development Committee, please email ckduder@sympatico.ca.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please email admin@aac.ca with your name, your AAC member number and a tiny bio (where you live, your part in the agility community).

The future is in our hands.

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10 Feb 2017

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2018 Implementation Plan

01 Feb 2017

February 2017 Information Release

The February 2017 Information Release is to provide Clubs, Competitors and Judges with details on changes to the AAC’s measurement process.  The documentation outlines how this will affect each of you, and provides detailed information needed for you to act.  Each of you will contribute in this stage of measuring the AAC dogs for competition on the new jump heights by January 1, 2018.

Links will be provided below for the following documentation and forms:

  • Re-Measurement Procedures Informational Release (link)
  • AAC Dog ID Application Form
     (For both New and Replacement cards for Competitors) ( link)
  • Request for Re-Measurement Day Form (Clubs) (link)
  • 2018 Measuring Device Inspection Form
     (For Clubs/Regional Directors) (link)
  • Dog Measurement Form (For Clubs/Judges) (link)



The Changes to Measurement Process document will provide detailed information on what you should select on the AAC Dog ID Application Form as it will vary depending if your dog does not have an AAC Dog ID or your dog has/is currently competing and has a completed or partially completed AAC Dog ID Card.

Once the AAC has received a completed AAC Dog ID Application form, applicants will be emailed a downloadable AAC Dog ID card from AAC to print and take to AAC trials or AAC Re-Measurement Days for dogs to be officially measured.


Information including what you can expect to see, requirements for wickets/measuring devices, forms, instructions for 2017 and 2018 new measurements and re-measurements are outlined. 

Clubs and Trial Hosts

The Changes to Measurement Process document outlines responsibilities, inspection criteria, premium requirements, and provides information on the new forms for Re-Measurement Days, 2018 Measuring Device Inspection and Dog Measurement Forms.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Directors for assistance.  Their contact information is located at:
 (Contact / Directors)


AAC Board

Important Chute News

The Agility Association of Canada has been researching and considering the attributes, safety, and use of the chute in courses at Agility Association of Canada events for some time.

The chute was introduced as one of the original tests in agility of confidence from the dog and the handler to manage a course. As the chute does not measure skill or speed but rather confidence in team through the dog trusting the handler while entering a “blind trap” in a controlled situation. Command overrides instinct. As speed shouldn't be the sole determinant in agility success, it has remained, and is probably one of the few obstacles left that measures that aspect of teamwork.

Therefore, in efforts to reduce a perceived stress to handler's concerned about their dog's safety, though the chute receives far less incident reports for injuries than other equipment in the Agility Association in Canada the following has been reviewed. Fabric composition and material length, fabric being weighted on the bottom side to reduce twisting and flipping, dog's footing on a curved floor vs. flat floor in the frame, exits of the obstacle and distances to other obstacles in course design to ensure the dog can get re-oriented, the angles to obstacle entries to assist handlers who miscalculate their dog's paths, the methods used to secure the chute to the site surface, and the composition and shape of the frame.

Thank you to everyone whom has voiced their opinions regarding the chute and its use in the AAC.

As of September 1, 2016, the Agility Association of Canada suspends the use of the chute in competition as there are items that can't be addressed in the near term.

Judges may substitute one of the following in place of the chute in their course designs: 1 or 2 jumps; broad jump; or a tunnel.

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