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Agility Classes and Workshops at Pup-A-Razzi Overview

Dog Agility is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide. In Dog Agility, we get to play with our canine teammates while they run over jumps, through tunnels, weave poles, and ramps (A-Frame & Dog Walk); we cue them as they navigate an obstacle course. Agility is a team sport with another species! It’s great fun for dogs and handlers at all levels of ability.

Most dogs and people who are physically fit, can do agility with some training. Puppies as young as 6 months old can start learning some of the required skills.

Let’s Get Started! The most important component of agility is building and reinforcing a happy, positive working relationship with your canine partner. If you can come to Agility Foundation class with a Tricks, Basic Puppy, CGC or other fundamental skills background, you and your dog will get even more out of it.

Agility Classes Pup-a-Razzi offers Agility Classes from Foundation through Skills ’n Drills. We also offer Agility Workshops on selected topics. Here’s a brief overview of our classes:

Puppy Agility:

Puppy Agility is for puppies aged 6-12 months old who have completed Puppy Preschool, Training Basics, and/or AKC STAR Puppy class or equivalent. In this 7-week course, you and your pup will play games that teach skills useful in agility. The major focus is learning and reinforcing focus and attention between you and your partner. We also introduce selected agility obstacles at an age-appropriate level.

Foundation Agility:

Foundation Agility is for dogs older than 12 months who have completed a basic training course, and who have some ability to work off leash in the presence of other (leashed or crated) dogs. In this 7-week class, you and your canine partner will solidify focus and attention skills, interact with all the basic agility obstacles, and learn basic handling moves. Obstacles will be adjusted for each dog’s age and ability. Many teams repeat this class, continuing at their own pace, to gain confidence and reinforce their skills.

Agility I:

Agility I picks up after Foundations. In this 7 week course, teams continue to build skill and confidence with contact obstacles and weave poles, learn additional handling moves, and run longer sequences of obstacles. Dogs should be able to work reliably off leash.

Agility II:

Agility II is for teams who wish to continue gaining skills and experience after completing Agility I. Dogs must be able to work reliably off leash and work contact obstacles at full height.

Skills ’n Drills:

In this drop-in (punch-card) class, you and your canine partner will work on short drills and / or 10-15 obstacle courses that emphasize selected handling moves, including serpentines, threadles, and back side jumps. Students have input into what skills we practice. Dogs must be able to work reliably off leash, and be able to perform all obstacles at full height.

Agility Workshops:

Pup-A-Razzi offers agility workshops on topics including: Jump Mechanics, Agility Games, Contacts, Weave Poles, and Cross / Turn Selection. Have questions? Don’t see a class that fits your needs? Please contact us: Pup-A-Razzi (503) 259-8978   Agility Instructor: Louise Sivak LSIVAK@hotmail.com

Agility Foundations Class Times

    Puppy Agility

    Introduction level class, to introduce dogs and handlers to equipment and concepts. 7 week Course for any dog under 12 months.

    Puppy Agility Class Times

    Agility I

    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.

    Agility I Class Times

      Agility II

      7 Week Course

      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.  Instructor: Louise

      Agility II Class Times

        Agility Skills and Drills – Drop in

        (Formally Agility II)

        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.  Instructor: Louise

        Agility Skills and Drills - Drop in Class Times

        Competition (Agility)

        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.

        Competition (Agility) Class Times

        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.


        Agility Workshops

        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 2 hours.

        Jump Drills Workshop

        Sunday June 2 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
        Cost $45
        Limited to 6 teams
        Prerequisites: Completion of Agility Foundation and ability to work reliably off-leash
        More than 50% of our dogs’ effort in agility is exerted in jumping.
        This 2-hour workshop will demonstrate a number of drills to teach and reinforce efficient skills for specific jump configurations. Among others, we will work on slices, collection vs extension, turns, and stride drills.

        Agility Workshop - Jump Drills Class Times

        Agility Workshop – What Cross When

        Agility Workshop - What Cross When Class Times


          Please note: Class fees are non-refundable. Classes are to be attended as scheduled.