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.

Beginner Agility

This class will focus on introducing dogs and handlers to the contact equipment and jumps. The goal for this class will be on teaching the proper way to approach contacts, end behaviors and different types of jumps (tire, broad jump, winged, wingless).
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an Introduction Agility class, Beginner Obedience, or CGC 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 even while working in a distracting environment. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.
Start: Thursday, November 2 @6:00-7:15 PM. No classes November 23. Last Class December 14. FULL
Instructor: Lori Patterson
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016)

 

Intermediate Agility

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.

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.

Start: Tuesday, October 10 @8:00-9:15 PM. No classes October 17, 24,31. Last Class December 5. FULL
Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016)

Master Agility

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 will be included. Handlers will work on analyzing sequences.

This is for dogs trialing at a Master or Excellent level level, or approved for the class by the instructor.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs..

Start: Wednesday October 18 @ 6 PM then Tuesday, November 7-December 5 @6:45 – 8:00 PM. No classes October 24, 31. FULL
Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $100 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2016)

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 October 27, November 17, 24, December 8 and 22, 2017.
Instructor: John Gorbas
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $10, $8 members.
Please email [email protected] if you are planning to come.

Questions about Agility?

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