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.
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PLEASE READ DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY – IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT CLASS IS APPROPRIATE PLEASE CONTACT OTCPBC@GMAIL.COM
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Beginning  Puppy Agility

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility , or similar with instructor approval. Must be comfortable with all contacts.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs over 12 -months old 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 dog and (optional) a chair and water for you.

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.

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Starts: TBD
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

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Beginning Agility Working Towards Novice

Duration: 6-weeks
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Intro to Agility class, and 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, or have taken previous courses. . Dogs should be doing all 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 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 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 off leash to keep you and your dog improving.

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Starts: TBD
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

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Intermediate and Master Agility

Prerequisites: This is for dogs 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.  

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: TBD
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)

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Agility Drop-In

Duration: On-going (No Class if Rain)

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

 

Participant Requirements: To run the full course, participants should be familiar with all Agility obstacles and have at least basic handling skills. To practice a piece(s) of equipment or isolated skill(s), please notify the instructor in advance of your run. 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), no tags or dangling items attached to collar, 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, crate or x-pen to contain your dog when it is not your turn to run, and (optional) a chair for you. Handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneakers.

  

Course Description: A new Master/Excellent Level course will be set each week; Handling options for Novice / Open Levels will be available. This Drop-In class provides dog and handler teams an opportunity to train in a class setting: run the whole the course, practice a particular skill, reward and reinforce certain tasks, or work through challenges. 

Instructor: Kim Carey

Starts: TBD

Duration: On-going (No Class if Rain)

Location: Classes will be held outdoors in Agility Field

Cost: First Run per Dog $10 Non-Members / $8 Members; Second Run per Dog $5; Additional Runs per Dog $5 each, as time allows. 8-minutes practice time is considered One Run.

No need to pre-register – this is a drop-in class opportunity

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Questions about Agility?

Contact us at otcpbc@gmail.com