Please understand it takes patience and time to accomplish the goal of playing in the Agility ring. There are still a few instructors who will put your dog on equipment within two or three classes, before the basic skills are in place. Over the years, most successful handlers have realized that solid fundamentals are the basic key to Agility! By the time you realize you have pushed the dog too soon, you are heading into damage control, instead of smooth coursework. It is much more difficult to retrain a dog then to train correctly in the first place, not to mention frustrating for both the dog and handler. As the saying goes: What you learn first, is what you learn best! Be kind to yourself and your dog and enjoy the process. You and your dog will be a much better team.
Agility is the fastest growing canine sport. Dog/handler teams race against the clock and other teams through obstacle courses including jumps, tunnels, teeter-totters and weave poles. In the agility classes our instructors will show you tips and tricks on doing safe, fast and fun agility all in our fully matted, indoor, temperature controlled facility. Classes include: Agility Foundations, Agility I, Agility II, Agility III. Our instructors also train in other canine sports and are able to bring training tips and tricks from those venues as well.
A six week course that will help you build attention, teamwork, and drive using toys and play. You will learn targeting, body language, body pressure, and other agility handling skills. These are not “play” classes, although you and your dog will have a lot of fun.
The class is geared toward dog/handler teams who hope to move on into competition and or use agility equipment. Homework is assigned weekly and teams are expected to complete assignments in order to advance to the next level class. For dogs and puppies over 6 months of age who have completed at least one basic class (puppy preschool, training basics, or obedience for agility). May be repeated to improve and build skills.
- Tuesday 08/14/2018 at 07:30 PM Instructor: Louise Sivak
Introduction level class, to introduce dogs and handlers to equipment and concepts. 6 week Course for any dog under 12 months.
- Wednesday 08/01/2018 at 6:00 PM Instructor: Richard
For dogs and puppies over 12 months of age who have completed Puppy Agility or a Basic obedience class. Agility I picks up where foundation class left off – more proofing for steering and more advanced body work. Beginning contact targeting, one jump training & beginning jump grids. All teams must have successfully completed competition foundation class to take this class. Homework is assigned weekly and teams are expected to complete assignments in order to advance to the next level class. A minor equipment investment is required such as a practice contact board and two jumps. May be repeated to improve and build skills.
- Wednesday 08/01/2018 at 07:15 PM Instructor: Richard
For dogs and puppies over 18 months of age who have completed Agility I successfully (or instructor approval). This class starts to refine individual obstacle performance while working to provide a consistent handling system. Advanced jump skills are introduced and refined. Contact equipment will be used. Weave entries are introduced while rhythm & footwork is perfected. Teams must have successfully completed Agility I. Homework is assigned weekly and teams are expected to complete assignments in order to advance to the next level class. A substantial equipment investment is required such as a set of two-by-two weave poles. May be repeated to improve and build skills.
- Tuesday (ongoing) at 6:30 PM Instructor: Louise
For dogs and puppies over 18 months of age. Advanced classes designed for teams who are actively competing or who are looking to refine their handling performance for competition. Dogs must be confident on all equipment including weave poles. May be attended on a drop-in basis. May be repeated to improve and build skills.
Class Placement Consultation
Prospective students may ask to be evaluated before being placed into an appropriate group class. Consultations are charged at the private lesson hourly rate.
Held as needed for single topics (weaves, contact obstacles, etc.) Workshops will have limited registration and will be held on a single day or night for 1 1/4 hours.
Agility Workshop! The Games!
A workshop for FAST (AKC), Snooker and Gamble (USDAA). Learn distance handling and layering as well as strategies and how to plan your courses.
-$35.00 per dog/handler team.
Agility Workshop! Jumps!
This workshop is for dogs completing or near completion of Foundations Agility who are at least 14 months old. Learn how to easily and safely help your dog learn how to negotiate increased height, angles, and turns while
developing good muscle tone and core strength.
Agility Workshop! WEAVES!
For dogs who are not yet able to weave six poles, including dog/handler teams ready to begin weave training. No experience necessary. (Advanced teams will be accommodated with appropriate challenges!)
-$35.00 per dog/handler team/per night.
- 2 X 2 weave entries will be the focus, but any and all weave questions and problems will be addressed (lateral distance, rear crosses,independence, popping, etc.)Limited enrollment. Dogs must be at least 14 months old.
Agility Workshop! CONTACTS & Discrimination
- $35.00 per dog/handler team.
This workshop is for dogs beginning contact training or those who need experience on equipment. Problems with running contacts or 2-on-2-off will be addressed as needed. Dogs attending should have a good understanding of “stay.” Limited enrollment.
Agility Workshop! Focus & Drive
- This workshop is for dogs and handlers who have not yet discovered the joy and drive play brings to training or who want to improve their dog’s performance and drive. If your dog does not “play on command” this workshop is for you! Dogs of any age can benefit from this workshop. Bring treats and toys. Limited enrollment.
Please note: Class fees are non-refundable. Classes are to be attended as scheduled.