Four out of Five Paws
Before I review this club, I would like to note that I am a part of this club. However, this review will be an honest review…as if this club was not my own. BUT if you have anything to add, please feel free to comment your pros or cons of Club-Doggie Dog Agility in the comments below.
Club-Doggie is a small club run much like a family. The volunteers are very friendly and hard working, the field is INCREDIBLE, with green winter grass (which you rarely see in Arizona), and the equipment is top tier. Our trial secretary is Karen Gloor, and I can’t stress enough how great she is to deal with as a competitor! So, why not a perfect Five Paw Rating? At this point in time, Club-Doggie has metal jump uprights with thick fiberglass jump cups. This is not something that bothers me, but I know that some agility competitors dislike that style of jump. I, on the other hand, dislike the PVC jumps as I feel they fall too easily. The other con for this club is that we currently are only able to offer one ring, or one ring alternating, shows with one judge. Again, this is only a negative to some agility competitors, but it should still be noted.
Another fact that should be noted is that this facility is located in a rural area. What does that mean? Well, on the plus side, that means it is very quiet, there isn’t a lot of general public traffic, and it is fully fenced for added security. On the negative side, this means farm animal smells. The property to the West of Club-Doggie has cattle and a donkey. The property to the Northwest of Club-Doggie has goats. Club-Doggie has sheep (that are not allowed on any of the grass fields to prevent sheep droppings left behind to distract dogs and to keep the sheep from eating all the grass down to nothing). The property is large enough to where the agility field is at minimum 400 feet from any of the livestock, but some dogs have higher distraction levels when it comes to animal scents, so this is important to mention.
Overall, I LOVE this facility and club. But, again, since this is a club I am personally involved with, I would love your opinions (pros and cons) in the comments below.