Middlesex Agility Club (MAC) members are dogs-lovers who enjoy doing something fun and different with their dogs, and have gotten hooked on the sport of agility. The club provides a great opportunity to learn about, train and compete in agility as well as other dog sports, such as disc, rally, dock diving and scent detection. MAC members use positive reinforcement training techniques using toys, food and praise (shock, prong and choke collars not permitted).
We want all of our members to participate in our activities and help keep the club vibrant and strong. All MAC members are encouraged to:
- Work at least 40 MAC volunteer hours (e.g., at trials, demos, etc.) a year
- Attend at least 4 MAC members meetings a year.
- Attend MAC social events and participate in or volunteer at house league and demonstrations.
As a regular MAC member, you receive:
- Practice times at a world class facility with a full set of competition regulation equipment, where we hold trials (new members must be accompanied by a regular member in good standing for the probationary period)
- Early crating set up at trials
- A Dollar off every run at all MAC trials
- Priority entry into seminars
- No limit to number of working dogs
- Participation in house league and fun matches
- Participation in demos (great for getting your dogs out to new places)
- Involvement in the direction of the club
- A great network of people with a wide range of experiences and skills
- A supportive and welcoming group to learn and grow with
- A learning environment for not only agility but also disc and other dog sports
- Opportunity to participate in MAC meetings as a non-voting member for the probationary period, then as a voting member
- Opportunity to attend club social events, BBQs, potlucks, Christmas parties, etc.
- A chance to get to know a fun and welcoming group of dog lovers
- A wealth of knowledge and support for your future in dog sports
- Lasting friendships and a better relationship with your dogs
To be considered for regular membership in MAC, you must meet two requirements:
- You must have completed 24 hours of agility instruction within the past 24 months OR have at least one dog that is currently actively competing and that has an AAC AADC or MADC title or the equivalent from another agility association. Note: If you cannot meet this requirement, please contact a MAC board member to discuss alternatives.
- You must be sponsored in writing by two MAC regular members in good standing who will be your mentors and a resource to you throughout your probationary period, being available to answer questions and to introduce you to other MAC members, members meetings, working at MAC trials, the MAC facilities and the rules regarding the use of same, house league, demonstrations, and other MAC activities. Regular MAC members are entitled to sponsor up to two probationary members at a time. MAC Board members are entitled to sponsor one probationary member at a time.
All new regular members are considered probationary for a minimum of 6 months, and until they have:
- Worked at least 40 MAC volunteer hours (e.g., at trials, demos, etc.), and
- Attended at least 4 MAC members meetings.
After the probationary period, the Board of Directors will review your membership and you may become a regular member with full privileges.
The fee to join MAC as a new regular member is $100 (one-time probationary fee) + $120 membership fee (prorated). The annual renewal fee is $120.
Associate members can:
- Volunteer at trials and demos
- Participate in MAC meetings as a non-voting member
- Attend club social events, BBQs, potlucks, Christmas parties, etc.
- Get to know a fun and welcoming group of dog lovers
- Enjoy a wealth of knowledge and support for your future in dog sports
- Learn how agility trials work and how to compete with your dog to earn titles
- Build lasting friendships and better relationships with your dogs
Associate membership costs $40 (prorated). There is no probationary period for associate members.
We welcome membership applications from agility instructors, with the understanding that there will be no private classes held at the facility. To address concerns regarding the potential for conflict of interest with members who also hold their own agility trials, the Board of Directors will meet with any new applicants who are in this situation, to come up with a mutually beneficial agreement.