How to Join
Download and complete the membership application.
New to Agility
If you are new to agility, you should first take a foundations agility class. This could be through your local training facility, one of the trainers listed on our Directory or through any other recognized agility program. You are welcome to come to a trial to watch what we do and get a feel for agility and how much fun we are having with our dogs. You can even volunteer and work in a ring before you and your dog are ready to compete. It’s a great way to learn what happens at a trial and many of us would be very happy to show you what to do as a volunteer.
Benefits of Membership
The benefits of membership include practices, seminars and trials, a mentoring program, social gatherings and access to our lending library of tapes and DVDS. Our practices happen 6-8 times a year and are free to members. Seminars are a great way to learn and train with world-renowned trainers and competitors. We have an annual meeting and holiday party every December and are planning a few happy hours during the year.
If you have questions and want advice from a DASH member, the first thing to do is to email Peggy Miller at PeggymillerCA@gmail.com. This could be questions like: "How do I fill out an entry form?" "What's a height card and how do I get one?" "How do I play Snooker (or Gamblers or FAST)?" What is training in the ring and how does it work for UKI (or USDAA, etc.).
Members agree to contribute four hours of club volunteer work a year. This can be setting-up and tearing down the rings for shows or working in the rings during trials. There are many ways to earn hours and 4 hours are not hard to accrue. For every 12 hours past that first 4 you will earn vouchers that can be used for seminars or trial entry fees.
DASH members also work at trials they enter. We can’t put on a successful trial without volunteers who keep the rings running. A volunteer coordinator will schedule your jobs based on the classes in which you will be competing and your preferences. One of the reasons our trials are routinely on-time and well-run is because of our members and the volunteer work they provide. Working as a bar-setter or leash runner, for example, is a great way to earn “DASH dollars” to apply to your trial entry fees.
***Volunteer Hour Breakdown***