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 (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.

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Alphabet Drills Part 2

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to 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 somewhat familiar with front and rear crosses 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. Since this class is indoors, jumps will be at a maximum height of 8″.

Course Description: Based on the book Alphabet Drills by Nancy Gyes.  The jumping drills are based on patterns from letters of the alphabet. Their purpose is to familiarize you with common obstacle patterns seen on agility courses. Each letter focuses on specific handling skills, and uses a minimal amount of space and a minimal number of jumps (5 jumps is the average. Alphabet drills are designed so that they are useful for all levels of agility handlers. The drills will help you and your dog learn and/or practice front and rear crosses, lead-out pivots, threadles, serpentine handling, pinwheels, 270s, and more.

Start: Mondays 6:15 – 7:15 – Starts July 9 (July 9, 23, 30, August 13, 20, 27)
Instructor: Lori Patterson
Students: Limited to 8 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Indoor on mats – Dogs MUST be in crates.
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)

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Short Sequences 

Prerequisites: Must have taken prior agility classes and be running short sequences and performing the weave poles.

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 front and rear crosses 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. Since this class is indoors, jumps will be at a maximum height of 8″.

Course Description: Class will consist of short sequences using tunnel, jumps and weaves to focus on mastering front, rear and blind crosses.

2 TIME SLOTS AVAILABLE:

Start:Starts July 23 (July 23, 30, Aug 13, 20, 27, Sept 10)
Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Students: Limited to 7 students for each time slot
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Indoor on mats – Dogs MUST be in crates.
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in 2017)
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Mondays 7:30-8:30
Mondays 8:30-9:30

 

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Questions about Agility?

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