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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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 5:30PM  to 6:30 PM  – starting on July 15, 22, 29 Aug 5, 12, 19
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held indoors on mats
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months)

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Agility Jumping and Weaving Skills

Duration: 6-weeks

Participant Requirements: This class is only for friendly, non-reactive dogs. Dogs must be 12-months of age or older, or have taken previous classes to work at this stage. Dogs should be familiar with 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 Agility class will focus on building enthusiasm and motivation for jumping, improving skill and confidence in the weaves, and strengthen your training partnership. Jumping ability is an essential and fundamental part of the sport of Agility. Dogs that understand jumping and are motivated to perform the jumps will put in better performances. This class will focus on developing you and your dog’s understanding of jumping cues and exercises including: extension and collection, changes of direction, turns, and positioning. One of the most unnatural and difficult obstacles in Agility is the weave poles, in this class, there will be an emphasis on building stronger weaving skills. As the dog’s confidence in the weave pols increases, so the speed will increase as well. Jumps will be at the appropriate height for the dog.

Instructor: Barbara Bounds
Dates: Wednesdays 6:45PM to 7:45PM  – starting on July 15, 22, 29 Aug 5, 12, 19
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held indoors on mats
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

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: Wednesdays 8:00PM to 9:00PM starting on July 15, 22, 29 Aug 5, 12, 19
Duration: 6 weeks
Location: Classes will be held indoors on mats
Cost: $129 (20% discount for members who worked 20 volunteer hours in the last 12 months

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WEAVE CLINIC

Prerequisites: This is for dogs already weaving

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

  • Dogs MUST be reliable off leash
  • Dogs MUST know how to weave
  • Dogs MUST be in a crate when not working
  • Handlers MUST help with set-up and break down of equipment

Course Description: Is your dog weaving slow? Not driving through the weaves? Having a hard time making the entry or holding it? Like your weaves to be more independent? This hands on clinic will show you how to work through and solve these issues.

Instructor: Lori Patterson
Starts: Sunday July 19 – 9:00 – 12:00pm
Students: Limited to 8 students
Location: Class will be held indoors on mats
Cost: $60 (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