Agility

All agility classes are taught either inside when appropriate or on our regulation-sized agility field at 1250 Gateway Road, Lake Park, FL 33403.

Class Cancellation Policy

Because class size is limited and sufficient time is necessary to contact alternate students, class tuition may only be refunded if notice, in writing or by email, is received seven (7) business days prior to the start date of a class by the agility training director. Classes require at least four (4) students to run. OTCPBC reserves the right to reschedule and/or refund monies to participants in classes with less than 4 students.

Note on Master Agility: We will maintain a waiting list for those qualified participants who did not make the roster for this class. If a spot opens during the course of the class, people on the waiting list will be contacted in order and offered the slot for a prorated fee.

Program Overview

Puppy Intro Agility 1

Instructor: Kim Carey
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $100 + $4 online processing fee (20% discount for members that worked 20+ hours in 2016)
Dates: Monday, January 16, 2017 – February 20, 2017 @ 5:45pm

Prerequisites: Successful completion of: Puppy Kindergarten, or STAR Puppy Class, or similar, or instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is for friendly, non-reactive puppies between 5-12-months of age. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Required Materials: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or martingale), 6 ft leash, favorite toy or two, lots of soft training treats (cut into very small pieces), treat pouch or pocket for treats, water and water dish. Handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneakers, a bed, mat, towel, or crate for your puppy and (optional) a chair and water for you.

Course Description: This class will introduce your puppy to the fun sport of Agility and strengthen your partnership. Motivation to learn, surface desensitization, confidence building, equipment introduction, and puppy games will help your puppy develop basic foundation Agility skills. Training techniques and exercises build on puppy basic obedience including: targeting, focus, recalls, stays, and body awareness. Building puppy confidence and enthusiasm without stress on puppy joints is paramount. No jumping will be done with puppies, poles will be on the ground, and equipment will be at low, puppy-appropriate, height.

Intro to Agility

Instructor: Kim Carey
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $100 + $4 online processing fee (20% discount for members that worked 20+ hours in 2016)
Dates: Monday, January 16, 2017 – February 20, 2017 @ 6:45pm

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Puppy Agility 3 class, or Basic Obedience class, or similar with instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Dogs must be 12-months of age or older. Dogs should be able to sit, down, stay, and come on command. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Required Materials: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or martingale), 6 ft leash, favorite toy or two, lots of soft training treats (cut into very small pieces), treat pouch or pocket for treats, water and water dish. Handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneaker. A crate for your dog is required. You may wish to bring a chair and water for you.

Course Description: This class will develop skills and introduce equipment in the sport of agility and help strengthen your training partnership. Jumps will be at the appropriate height for the dog and obstacles such as the A-Frame, Teeter, and Dog Walk will be introduced at appropriately low heights for a newbie. Some weaving skills may be introduced in this class. Attention to foundation agility skills, navigating obstacles with increasing confidence, and increasing focus are goals in this class. Working short sequences and learning additional handling skills such as change of direction may be added.

Agility Jumping and Weaving Skills

Agility Jumping and Weaving Skills
Instructor: Kim Carey
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: $100 + $4 online processing fee (20% discount for members that worked 20+ hours in 2016)
Dates: Thursday, January 12, 2017 – February 23, 2017 @ 7:00pm (no class Feb. 2)

Prerequisites: Successful completion of either Puppy Agility 3 class, Intro to Agility class, Beginning Agility class, or similar with instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Dogs must be 12-months of age or older. Dogs should be familiar with agility equipment and able to sit, down, stay, and come on command even while working in a distracting environment. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Required Materials: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or martingale), 6 ft leash, favorite toy or two, lots of soft training treats (cut into very small pieces), treat pouch or pocket for treats, water and water dish. Handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneakers. A crate for your dog is required. You may wish to bring a chair and water.

Course Description: This class will focus on building enthusiasm and motivation for jumping, improving skill and confidence in the weaves, and strengthen your training partnership. Jumping ability is an essential and fundamental part of the sport of Agility. Dogs that understand jumping and are motivated to perform the jumps will put in better performances. This class will focus on developing you and your dog’s understanding of jumping cues and exercises including: extension and collection, changes of direction, turns, and positioning. One of the most unnatural and difficult obstacles in agility is the weave poles. This class will emphasize how to build stronger weaving skills. As the dog’s confidence in the weave poles increases, so will his speed. Jumps will be at the appropriate height for the dog.

Intermediate Agility

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Duration: 6-weeks
Cost: $100 + $4 online processing fee (20% discount for members that worked 20+ hours in 2016)
Dates: Tuesday January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28 and March 7 2017. No class on February 14 @ 7:00PM.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Novice Agility class or similar with instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Dogs must be 12-months of age or older. Dogs should be fairly familiar with agility equipment, able to run a short sequence of obstacles off lead, and able to work contact equipment and jumps at full height. Dogs should also be able to sit, down, stay, and come on command even while working in a distracting environment. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Required Materials: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or martingale), 6 ft leash, favorite toy or two, lots and lots of soft training treats (cut into very small pieces), treat pouch or pocket for treats, water and water dish, handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneakers, a crate for your dog is required and (optional) a chair and water for you.

Course Description: This class will continue to develop teamwork, skills, confidence, and enthusiasm and is most suited for teams with the goal of moving on to competitive Agility. Teams interested in strengthening Agility skills and training partnership are also welcome in this class. The goal for this class will be on preparing teams for the demands of competition while continuing to improve and increase handling skills and the dog’s ability to navigate sequences. Smooth changes of direction, increasing speed, better lines for better accuracy, Discriminations, jumping maneuvers, and added distance from the handler will be included. Other types of crosses and layering may be introduced. Handlers will work on analyzing sequences.

Master Agility

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Duration: 6-weeks
Cost: $100 + $4 online processing fee (20% discount for members that worked 20+ hours in 2016)
Dates: Tuesday January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, and March 7 2017. No class on February 14 @ 6:00PM

Prerequisites: This class is for teams currently trialing at the Excellent or Masters levels, or teams that are trial-ready. Successful completion of Advanced Agility class or similar with instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Dogs must be 12-months of age or older. Dogs and handlers should be familiar with agility equipment and able to run a complete course up to 20 obstacles in sequence. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Required Materials: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or martingale), 6 ft leash, favorite toy or two, lots and lots of soft training treats (cut into very small pieces), treat pouch or pocket for treats, water and water dish, handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneakers, a crate for your dog is required and (optional) a chair and water for you.

Course Description: This class will continue to develop teamwork and skills needed to compete at the Excellent and Master Level in Agility. Full Standard or Jumpers courses are set up each week, and teams will run the full course. Non-trialing teams that are working at this level and are interested in strengthening agility skills and training partnerships are also welcome in this class. The goal for this class will be on preparing teams for the demands of competition while continuing to improve and increase handling skills and the dog’s ability to navigate sequences. Handlers will work on analyzing sequences.

Dates: Tuesday January 24, 31, February 7, 21, 28, and March 7 2017. No class on February 14 @ 6 pm

NO class on February 14 @ 6 pm.

Agility Drop Ins (Run Through)

Fridays, 7- 9pm

$10 nonmembers/$8 members and $5 second dog

Feb 17
Mar 3
Mar 31

Attendees must assist with set up and breakdown. Walk-through and handling discussion occurs at the beginning of class. Optional portions of the set course may be practiced in lieu of running the course. The set course will be Standard, at the open or excellent level with options for novice handlers and dogs.

All attendees must be proficient on all full-size obstacles, have completed Intro to Agility and at least one additional course covering foundation skills, jumps, weaves, contacts, or sequencing. If you are using your run-through for remedial contacts or weaves, please let the moderator know.

Payment is due at the start of class.

Please email the moderator (Diana Johnson Ford @ [email protected]) to sign up as we plan to limit drop in to 8 dogs, 3 runs each.

Agility Trials in 2017

February 3-5, June 15-18, and August 10-13, 2017

Questions about Agility?

Contact us at [email protected]