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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Intro To Puppy Agility Session 2

Duration: 6-weeks – Outdoors in fenced in area – Dogs MUST be on a leash, and must have crate to put dog in when not working.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of: Basic Obedience, Star Puppy, CGC or instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive puppies between 5-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 introduce your puppy to the fun sport of Agility and strengthen your partnership. Motivation to learn, surface desensitization, confidence building, equipment introduction, and puppy games will help your puppy develop basic foundation Agility skills. Training techniques and exercises build on puppy basic obedience including: targeting, focus, recalls, stays, and body awareness. Building puppy confidence and enthusiasm without stress on puppy joints is paramount. No jumping will be done with puppies, poles will be on the ground, and equipment will be at low, puppy-appropriate, height

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Dates: Wednesdays 5:00 PM  to 6:00 PM  – December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors in fenced in area – Dogs MUST be on a leash, and must have crate to put dog in when not working.
Cost: $99 (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 or other venues

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Handlers MUST help with the break-down of equipment on the course (with gloves on)  

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: Wednesdays at 6:10PM to 7:10PM  – December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6
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 3

Duration: 6-weeks – Outdoors in fenced in area – Dogs MUST be on a leash, and must have crate to put dog in when not working.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of prior Agility Courses

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 continue to introduce your dog to the fun sport of Agility and strengthen your partnership. Motivation to learn, surface desensitization, confidence building, continued equipment introduction.  Training techniques and exercises build on basic obedience including: targeting, focus, recalls, stays, and body awareness. Building dog confidence and enthusiasm without stress on joints is paramount.

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Dates: Wednesdays 7:15 PM  to 8:15 PM  – December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, January 6
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Outdoors in fenced in area – Dogs MUST be on a leash, and must have crate to put dog in when not working.
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

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Questions about Agility?

Contact us at otcpbc@gmail.com