Trial Wrap-up:

Thanks to the competitors who took a leap of faith and joined us for the Top Dog Leap Year Trial.

This trial was truly a group effort to make things work at a different venue. The new owners at the Flying M are working to make this a very nice venue. New lighting and the surface was good.

Top Dog hopes it will be back there for next year’s trial so mark your calendar March 5th – 7th 2021.

Our Judge, Lisa Lucas Bates, was great to work with and provided us with some lovely courses. Glad we caught her before she went back on hiatus to work with her new dogs and spend time with the new hubby.

Congratulations: C-atch teams: Ellie May and Kathy Stump, Camm and Beth Gideon, Jett and Wendy Jensen. CT-atch Adele and Tana Perry (Freya Kelsy), CS-atch: Both Casey and Molly with Cynthia O’Brien.

Snooker - 51 was tough, but three members of the unofficial 51 club braved it to earn a Top Dog 51 Snooker zipper pull: Chris Edmark and Ziggy, Cheryl Parker and Samm along with Sherry Bodin and Tika.

A special thanks to Tanya Sacks for letting Joe Camp come to the trial. He takes such wonderful pictures of the competitors and their dogs.

A huge thanks to Mary Briggs for coordinating with providing and serving hospitality. Lunch and munchies were great.
Our team members

Raffle: Kathy Baros-Friedt and Elissa Piorkowski
Trial Secretary: Sherry Bodin and her crew Karen Crist/Kim Booth

Course Builders: Jean Hodgson, Heather Ringwood and Heather Leu and so many new volunteers.

Gate Steward: Laura Pietila who kept the board filled.

Parking Supervisor and Photo Booth: William Edmark

Treasurer: David Hamilton who pays all of the bills.

Thanks to all for making this a wonderful trial.

Chris Edmark,
Trial Chair


TOP DOG currently holds at least two Canine Performance Events (CPE) trials a year.  The club also holds periodic agility and other canine-related seminars.  They  have regular meetings and include group practice in the club's activities.


The Sport of Dog Agility

 Dog agility is a fun, fast moving sport in which the handler must direct their dog through and over a series of obstacles as per the judge's rules.

It is modeled after equestrian jumping wherein faults are given to teams for refusing obstacles, knocking bars, and exceeding the set course time. Some courses encourage strategy and creativity in running the course for competitive points. The dogs’ flexibility and athleticism have allowed the sport to grow and include more challenging and diverse obstacles: tunnels, teeter-totter, dog walk, and A-frame. 

There are several competitions in western Washington every month.


Getting Started

Safety of dogs and handlers is of primary importance.  Wear comfortable shoes with good soles.  Follow what your trainer says and practice at home.

 Dogs should be healthy, sound, free of internal and external parasites, and able to see and hear well.

 Dogs need some basic obedience training, such as: sit, stay, down, come when called, maintain control around other dogs, and accept handling by strangers.

Off-leash heel work is a  big plus, but not required.

 Agility work begins by starting the dogs on low jumps and obstacles.  The height  or width of the obstacle is increased slowly as training progresses until they are finally at competition level.Dogs start their training on leash with positive rewards of praise, treats and toys.

There are several providers of classes for beginning, novice, and advanced agility teams.  Check our "Resources" for links.