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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Agility Run-Throughs

Duration: Drop-in Class
Prerequisites: All attendees must be proficient on all full-size obstacles, have completed Intro to Agility and at least one additional Agility course covering foundation skills.

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. Attendees must assist with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Rules of the Field: Please potty your dog(s) often and only in the gravel potty area. Please pick up after your dog(s). Please do not spill treats or use crumbly treats on the Agility field. Only one dog is allowed to run on the field at a time. When not running, all other dogs must be crated (on the field), or leashed (outside the fence), or safely contained in your vehicle.

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: A new Master/Excellent Level course will be set each week; Premier elements may be included if there is interest. Participants do not need to be working or competing at the Master/Excellent level, but dogs should be familiar with all obstacles and able to work sequences. Optional handling sequences will be available for Open / Novice levels. Walk through and handling discussion occurs at the beginning of class. This drop in class is intended to provide dog and handler teams at all levels 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.

Start: Wednesdays at 6:00pm  – October 16, 30, November 13, December 4, 18
Instructor: Kim Carey
Location: Classes will be held outside in the Agility field in fenced in area

Payment: $10 members/$15 non members (for 2 runs) Each additional run is $5.00.  Payment for drop-in classes is due at the start of class. Please bring exact amount.

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Novice Agility

Duration: 6-weeks
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 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 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.

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, skills, confidence, and enthusiasm. Teams with goals of moving on to competitive Agility and teams interested in strengthening Agility skills and training partnership are welcome in this class. The goal for this class will be on improving both handling skills and the dog’s ability to navigate sequences with increasing accuracy. Smooth changes of direction, other types of crosses, jumping maneuvers, and added distance from the handler will be introduced. Handlers will begin learning how to analyze obstacle sequences.

Start: Wednesdays at 7:15pm-8:15 PM starting on October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4
Instructor: Kim Carey
Students: Limited to 6 students
Location: Classes will be held outside in the Agility field in fenced in area

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CONTACTS & WEAVES

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, and INTRODUCTION to AGILITY or equivalent, or instructor approval.

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs over 13 months of age. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment, and bar setting, on the field. Your dog should already be adept at: set up/stationary stay command; recall; and have beginning ability for Obstacle Focus vs Handler Focus discrimination.

Course Description: This class will introduce your dog to the weave poles and contact obstacles found in AKC, UKI, USDAA agility courses. Methods used will be 2×2, and clicker primarily for weaves, and targeting and hoops with clicker for either stop or running contacts. Advancing through contacts and weaves occurs at individual and different rates, therefore, teams that are able to advance will receive increasing levels of challenges. Advanced skills will include difficult weave entries, speed through the weaves, and crosses before and after the weaves depending upon the level of teams signed up.

Required Materials: Flat buckle collar (no choke, slip, or martingale), 6 ft leash, CLICKER, plastic TARGET/lid, NON SKID MAT, favorite tug or toss TOY, lots and lots of soft training TREATS, treat pouch that SEALS when running, water and water dish, handlers must wear tennis shoes or sneakers, a CRATE for your dog, crate cover or shade cloth, and (optional) a chair and water for you.

Start: Mondays at 6:00pm-7:00PM starting on October 7, 2019-November 11, 2019
Instructor: Diana Johnson-Ford
Students: Limited to 6 students
Location: Classes will be held outside in the Agility field in fenced in area

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Puppy Agility lI

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.

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

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.

Start: Tuesdays at 7:00pm to 8:00PM starting on November 5, 19, December 3, 10, 17, and January 7. No classes on November 12, 26, December 24, 31
Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Students: Limited to 6 students
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held outside in the Agility field in fenced in area – Dogs MUST be on a leash.
Cost: $99 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

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Beginner Intro Agility 2

Prerequisites: Successful completion of: Puppy Kindergarten, or STAR Puppy Class, or similar, or instructor approval.
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 introduce your dog to the fun sport of Agility and strengthen your partnership. Motivation to learn, surface desensitization, confidence building, equipment introduction, and dog games will help your dog develop basic foundation Agility skills. 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
Starts: Tuesday 8:00PM to 9:00PM Starting November 5, 19, December 3, 10, 17, and January 7. No classes on November 12, 26, December 24, 31
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 – New Session

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: Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:45pm  –November 5, 19, December 3, 10, 17, and January 7. No classes on November 12, 26, December 24, 31
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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FAST (Fifteen and Send Time) SEMINAR

Prerequisites:  Must have completed Intro or Beginning agility and have worked with all contact obstacles and weaves 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. DOGS MUST BE IN A CRATE WHEN NOT WORKING. Handlers must help with the set-up and break-down of equipment on the course.

Course Description: This seminar will focus everything needed to enter FAST at an agility trial. We will start with the rules and how to read the maps, then progress to strategies and some distance skills.

Instructor: Lori Patterson & Diana Johnson-Ford
Starts: Saturday November 2, 2019 – 9:00 am to noon
Students: Limited to 10 students
Location: Outdoor in OTCPBC agility field
Cost: $50 (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