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|First you need to find a training venue. One that offers puppy classes, beginning and agility obedience, beginning obedience and so on would be the easiest to deal with.
Google your area or check http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=11 1 for places near you. A great venue will have multiple trainers that have taken dogs to championships and competed in national events and/or trained teams that go to championships and national events and obedience trainers will belong an organization such as on this page. http://abrionline.org/organizations.php
People travel to get to a place they feel comfortable training. My old school had people coming from 100 miles away oftentimes more than once a week and I am in southern California where there is no shortage of agility schools! Do visit classes, interview the instructors, go to events the club puts on before signing up.
AKC is getting to be a lot more fun now with more classes finally being added and now mixed breed dogs can compete I might go to events they put on but CPE is a complete blast and always has been. NADAC has super fun classes like tunnelers and USDAA is the most challenging organization I have competed in.
Once trained you pay a small fee to register to compete in an organization and you can compete in as many as you like. Most folks chose one to try to title in as it is expensive enough as it is. Max went for advanced titles in USDAA and NADAC as CPE trials aren't held often enough around here to quickly advance, I would have to stay overnight and travel 200-300 miles to get his championship at this point.
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