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.

Program Overview

What to bring to class

A crate for your dog is required. 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.

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Intro To Agility

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Puppy Agility 3 class, or Basic Obedience 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 able to sit, down, stay, and come on command. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

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.

Start: Monday, January 15 @5:30 – 6:45 PM. (Jan, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19)
Instructor: Bridget Kennedy
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)
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Beginning Agility

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility class, or Puppy Agility 3 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 somewhat 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 class will further develop skills, confidence, and enthusiasm 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 raised appropriately with the dog’s level of readiness in mind. Weaving skills will be introduced in this class. Attention in this class will be on building foundation Agility skills for dog and handler, improving the dog’s 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 to keep you and your dog improving.

Start: Monday, January 15 @7:00 – 8:15 PM. (Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19)
Instructor: Bridget Kennedy
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)
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Agility Jumping & Weaving Skills

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 jumping and learning the weaves.  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, in this class, there will be an emphasis on building strong weaving skills. As the dog’s confidence in the weave poles increases, so the speed will increase as well. Jumps will be at the appropriate height for the dog.

Start: Thursday, January 4 @6:00 – 7:15 PM. (Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8)
Instructor: Kimberly Carey
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)
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Intermediate Agility

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.

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.

Start: Tuesday, January 16 @7:15 – 8:30 PM. (Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20  )
Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)
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Excellent/Master Agility

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.

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.

Start: Tuesday, January 16 @5:30 – 6:45 pm PM. (Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20  )
Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $100 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)
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Agility Run-Throughs

Run-throughs provide an opportunity for handlers to work with their dog on the equipment. These are not teaching sessions and are geared for those actively trialing. Dogs not familiar with the equipment may not participate. Each handler will have two, two minute runs. Be prepared to crate dog when not running.
Start: Friday evenings @7:00 PM. December 8 and 22, 2017.
Instructor: John Gorbas
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $10, $8 members.
Please email [email protected] if you are planning to come.

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Upcoming Classes

Beginner Agility (next for intro class)
Mondays 5:30 – 6:45 – Starts February 26 for 6 weeks (Feb 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, Apr 2, 9)

Intro to Jumps and Weaves (next for beginner class)
Mondays 7:00 – 8:15 – Starts February 26 for 6 weeks (Feb 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, Apr 2, 9)

Novice Agility (next for intro to J&W class)
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:15  – Starts March 1 for 6 weeks  (Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 29, Apr 5)

Agility Alphabet Drills & Skills Part 1 (indoor)
Mondays 6:15 – 7:15 – Starts May 14 (May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25)

Indoor Agility TBD
 Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 – Starts May 14 (May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18, 25)

Agility Alphabet Drills & Skills Part 2 (indoor)
Mondays 6:15 – 7:15 – Starts July 9 (July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 13, 20)

Indoor Agility TBD
Mondays 7:30 – 8:30 – Starts July 9 (July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug 13, 20)

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Questions about Agility?

Contact us at [email protected]