Agility

Agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don’t have to compete to enjoy agility. Taking an agility class offers many other benefits. But many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!

All agility classes are taught outside on our regulation-sized agility field October – April. May – June classes are taught inside our air-conditioned building on mats.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE AGILITY PROGRAM OFFERINGS MAY BE SEEN AT THIS LINK:
Program Overview

What to bring to class

A crate for your dog is required (tarp or umbrella to cover kennel/crate). 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 and (optional) a chair and water for you. Handlers must wear  sneakers.

____________________________________________________________

Agility Contact and Weaving Skills

Duration: 6-weeks
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 only 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.

Course Description: This Agility class will focus on building enthusiasm and motivation for contacts, improving skill and confidence in the weaves, and strengthen your training partnership. This class will focus on developing you and your dog’s understanding of contact behaviors and performance. One of the most unnatural and difficult obstacles in Agility is the weave poles, in this class, there will be an emphasis on building stronger weaving skills. As the dog’s confidence in the weave poles increases, so the speed will increase as well.

Instructor: Bridget Kennedy
Starts: Wednesdays – 4:00 to 5:00pm – February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held outdoors in Agility Field.
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

THIS CLASS IS FULL – IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE CLASS PLEASE EMAIL [email protected]

____________________________________________________________

Novice Agility

Duration: 6-weeks
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Beginning 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.

Course Description: This class will continue to develop teamwork, skills, confidence, and enthusiasm. Teams with goals of moving on to competitive Agility and teams interested in strengthening Agility skills and training partnership are welcome in this class. The goal for this class will be on improving both handling skills and the dog’s ability to navigate sequences with increasing accuracy. Smooth changes of direction, other types of crosses, jumping maneuvers, and added distance from the handler will be introduced. Handlers will begin learning how to analyze obstacle sequences.

Instructor: Bridget Kennedy
Starts: Wednesdays – 5:15 to 6:15pm – February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held outdoors in Agility Field.
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 15 months)

____________________________________________________________

Puppy Agility 2-3

Duration: 6-weeks
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Puppy Agility 2 or instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs between 7-months and 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 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 bed, mat, towel, or crate for your puppy and (optional) a chair and water for you.

Course Description: This class will further your puppy’s skill and enthusiasm for the sport of Agility and strengthen your training partnership. No jumping will be done with puppies, poles will be on the ground or at low, puppy-appropriate, height and obstacles such as the A-Frame, Teeter, and Dog Walk will be raised somewhat, but with puppy safety in mind, will be used at appropriately low heights for a puppy. Some weaving skills may be introduced in this class, but for puppy safety no speed will be added. Ability to navigate with increased distance from the handler, changing direction, strengthening correct contact behavior, transitioning between handler focus and obstacle focus, and working short sequences will keep your puppy improving.

Instructor: Bridget Kennedy
Starts: Wednesdays – 6:30 to 7:30pm – February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held outdoors in Agility Field.
Cost: $99 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

____________________________________________________________

Intermediate, Advanced and Master Agility

Duration: 6-weeks – Outdoors in fenced in area – Dogs MUST be on a leash.

Prerequisites: Must be already be trialing at AKC shows

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Handlers must help with the break-down of equipment on the course. Not fair to expect instructor to break it down as well.

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. Full Standard or Jumpers courses are set up each week for teams to run whole courses. 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.

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Dates: Tuesdays – 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm  – February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

 

OR

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Dates: Tuesdays – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm  – February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

OR

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Dates: Tuesdays – 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm  – February 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

 

________________________________________________________________________________________

Questions about Agility?

Contact us at [email protected]